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Bell-Drummond, Blake fifties keep Kent alive in quarterfinal race


T20 BLAST, 2018

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Alex Blake scored a superb half-century to seal a win for Kent in the final over. © Getty

North Group

Durham vs Lancashire

Alex Davies extended his fine form by scoring his sixth fifty in 12 games to drive Lancashire into the quarterfinal of the T20 Blast. Durham, who are already into the quarterfinal, were forced to swallow a massive low as they went down by 65 runs after being bowled out for 78. The loss now leaves Durham in a situation where they have to win their final group game to ensure a home quarterfinal for them.

Put in to bat first, Lancashire were reeling at 6 for 2 before Davies held one end up to ensure they posted 143 on the board. Nathan Rimmington picked up four wickets to ensure Durham weren’t in for a tall chase. But if Lancashire’s start was thought to be poor, Durham’s was worse as they were brought down on their knees with 4 for 4 on the board. Despite Ryan Davies and Stuart Poynter getting together for a brief while, Durham kept crashing time to time before being bundled out for just 78 to suffer only their second loss in the last 10 games.

Brief Scores: Lancashire 143/6 in 20 overs (Alex Davies 64; Nathan Rimmington 4-28) beat Durham 78 in 15.2 overs (Ryan Davies 27; Matthew Parkinson 3-19) by 65 runs.

Worcestershire vs Nottinghamshire

Riki Wessels’s whirlwind innings of 55 off just 18 balls helped Nottinghamshire chase down a stiff target of 192 with as many as eleven balls to spare. Worcestershire were in with a good chance of getting to the top of the North Group after skipper Brett D’Oliviera’s 64 in the first innings. But Wessels put paid to their hopes with his cameo that included nine sixes and helped Notts stick on to their fourth position in the group. This was Worcestershire’s second loss on the trot, and although assured of a place in the quarterfinal, they will still have to wait to make sure that it will be at home.

Brief Scores: Worcestershire 191/6 (Brett D’Oliviera 64) lost to Nottinghamshire 194/5 (Riki Wessels 55, Jake Libby 37; Patrick Brown 3-28) by 5 wickets.

South Group

Gloucestershire vs Surrey

Gloucestershire clinched a quarterfinal spot after a tense win over Surrey. Needing 12 off the final over, Surrey fell short by five runs having lost their top scorer Ben Foakes in the penultimate over. Foakes had earlier staged a recovery along with Rikki Clarke, after Surrey slipped to 66/4 in chase of 174. But he wasn’t able to carry them over the line and were left wishing for other results to go their way to ensure a final-four finish. Gloucestershire’s hero with the bat was Kieran Noema-Barnett, who played a similar role to that of Foakes. His half-century stymied a collapse and helped them post a winning total.

Brief Scores: Gloucestershire 174/6 (Kieran-Noema Barnett 57; Morne Morkel 3-34) lost to Surrey 169/7 (Ben Foakes 59, Rikki Clarke 35; David Payne 3-29, Benny Howell 3-31) by 5 runs.

Hampshire vs Essex

The game between Hampshire and Essex wasn’t supposed to stir up the points table anyway with both teams languishing in the bottom half of the table. Rain just ensured that neither team got too far ahead with only 7.5 overs of play possible on the day.

Brief Scores: Essex 72/5 in 7.5 overs vs Hampshireno result.

Kent vs Middlesex

Twin fifties from Daniel Bell-Drummond and Alex Blake have kept Kent alive in the race for the quarterfinal spot as they chased down a daunting 189 with three wickets and three balls to spare. On the other hand, Middlesex stayed rooted to the bottom of the table despite putting up a brave show with the bat, riding on a fine collaboration from its batsmen, although there were no fifties.

In their chase, Kent lost opener Joe Denly for just 4 but Heino Kuhn coming in at No.3 made an impactful contribution of 13-ball 28 to set the ball rolling. Bell-Drummond and Sam Billings ensured a safe passage of play with them raising the team’s 100 in the 10th over. However with Billings falling soon after, Blake joined Bell-Drummond for a brief 35-run stand. With 40 needed off the last three overs, Blake held his nerves and smashed two fours and two sixes to collect 22 in the 18th over. And with only 18 remaining to win, Blake hit two more sixes to seal the chase in the final over of the game.

Brief Scores: Middlesex 189/7 in 20 overs (Dawid Malan 36; Joe Denly 3-25) lost to Kent 191/7 in 19.3 overs (Daniel Bell-Drummond 62, Alex Blake 57; James Harris 3-32) by three wickets.

Somerset vs Glamorgan

Corey Anderson’s 30-ball 72 powered Somerset to a massive 210 after they were put in to bat. The total proved to be 29 runs too many for Glamorgan as Somerset retained their top spot in the group with their seventh consecutive win. Anderson’s final blast came after Somerset were given a good base through Steven Davies (36) and James Hildreth. Anderson’s knock powered them to a total far above what they were shaping up to get at the halfway stage. In the chase, Max Waller picked up a four-wicket haul and ensured that the target was not under threat at any stage.

Brief Scores: Somerset 210/8 in 20 overs (Corey Anderson 72; Timm van der Gugten 2-27) beat Glamorgan 181/9 in 20 overs (Craig Meschede 35; Max Waller 4-25) by 29 runs.

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