T20 Blast: Dominant Nottinghamshire scores 9th victory
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Nottinghamshire showed dominance with bat and ball to secure their ninth win of the season, which helped them solidify their first place in the group. Having already achieved eight wins, they finished the group stages with another impressive performance with their drummers putting on the show. Joe Clarke hit six limits and his opening partner Alex Hales helped with a quick 35-on-17 shot.
However, it was Ben Duckett who did most of the damage with an impressive 74 undefeated who only made 41 deliveries. Skipper Steven Mullaney also made a vital contribution to death by looting 43 unbeaten who only managed 17 deliveries to help his team cross the 200 point mark.
Pursuing an intimidating 222, Durham was never in the race when they lost two of their top three beaters to the Ducks. The home team continued to strike at regular intervals to completely outsmart the opposition. Calvin Harrison finished with a four-wicket run as Durham was ultimately eliminated by just 143 with four overs to spare.
Brief Notes: Nottinghamshire 221/4 in 20 overs (Ben Duckett 74 *, Steven Mullaney 43 *; Paul van Meekeren 2-50) beaten Durham 143 in 16 overs (Matty Potts 30; Calvin Harrison 4-36, Matthew Carter 2-19) by 78 races
Warwickshire kept their qualifying hopes alive with a slim 14-point victory over Northamptonshire. Despite an average start, losing the first four wickets with just 68 on the board in 9 overs, Warwickshire made a formidable recovery to post a solid 191/6. Chris Benjamin scored 60 unbeaten on just 34 balls while Carlos Brathwaite provided the finishing touches with three sixes in his 27-10 ball.
The home team’s powerful finish was good enough to make up for the early damage they took after choosing to strike. In response, the visitors made a contrasting start with the bat. Despite the early loss of Ben Curran, the vital contributions of Ricardo Vasconcelos and skipper Joshua Cobb gave Northamptonshire a boost.
Rob Keogh then returned to the role of aggressor in the middle, but he failed to find support on the other end. Will Rhodes and Jake Lintott shared five wickets between them as Keogh was stuck at one end. Even though he finished undefeated on 55, his team were limited to 177/8 in their 20 overs.
Brief Notes: Warwickshire 191/6 in 20 overs (Chris Benjamin 60 *, Adam Hose 37; Mohammad Nabi 2-23) defeated Northamptonshire 177/8 in 20 overs (Rob Keogh 55 *, Ricardo Vasconcelos 39; Will Rhodes 3-41, Jake Lintott 2-19) by 14 tracks
Joe Weatherley’s undefeated 43 on just 13 balls followed a 101-point opening stand between D’Arcy Short and James Vince as Hampshire kept their qualifying hopes afloat by chasing a goal of 185 in just 13 overs. Hampshire are now awaiting the results of two more matches to know their fate.
The pursuit was a leather hunt for Glamorgan bowlers as Short was in a wild mood, scoring a treble of six over Timm van der Gugten and two max over Roman Walker as he brought fifty in just 18 deliveries. Vince was also finding the limits, as the openers registered their second straight 100-point stand, taking just seven overs to get there. Glamorgan attempted to retaliate with quick wickets, but Weatherley had his own plans hitting four sixes and three fours to propel Hampshire to a six-wicket victory.
Earlier, batted Glamorgan lost Kiran Carlson early, but Marnus Labuschagne and David Lloyd quickly hit half centuries and were involved in a 91 point stand to provide a solid platform for the visiting team at the Rose Bowl. Colin Ingram struggled with his strike rate, but Daniel Douthwaite scored 21 of 8 to help Glamorgan finish with 184, which was insufficient in the end.
Brief Notes: Glamorgan 184/4 in 20 overs (Marnus Labuschagne 78, David Lloyd 52; Bradley Wheal 3-39) lost to Hampshire 187/4 in 13 overs (D’Arcy Short 69, Joe Weatherley 43; Andrew Salter 2-31) by 6 counters.
In what was an irrelevant South Group game, with both teams out of the quarterfinal race, Middlesex ended their campaign with a nine-point victory to dodge the wooden spoon. After posting a total of 169 for 5, thanks to strong contributions from four of the top five, Middlesex limited Essex to 160 for 9 to finish with nine points in the competition, one more than the last Glamorgan. Essex, meanwhile, finished one place above Middlesex with 11 points.
Going to bat, Middlesex suffered an early setback as Max Holden was sacked for a first pitch duck in the overturned opening by Samuel Cook. But a 59-run partnership involving Sam Robson and Joe Cracknell provided a good foundation. Robson scored half a century but fell shortly after Middlesex broke 100. Daryl Mitchell (43) and John Simpson (24) made helpful contributions to help their team post a competitive total.
Essex saw many of its batsmen get off to promising starts, but Tom Westley’s 37 turned out to be the highest score as Daniel Lawrence, James Neesham and Josh Rymell fell in the 20s. Losing wickets at intervals Regulars hurt their pursuit, with Blake Cullen and Mujeeb Ur Rahman picking up four wickets between them. Steven Finn made sure there was no late riposte as he collected three on the penultimate as Essex fell short of the target.
Brief Notes: Middlesex 169/5 in 20 overs (Sam Robson 60, Daryl Mitchell 43; Samuel Cook 2-41) defeated Essex 160/9 in 20 overs (Tom Westley 37; Steven Finn 3-25, Mujeeb Ur Rahman 2-18) by 9 is executed.