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Vitality Blast | Leicestershire beat Yorkshire in thriller while Clarke hits rapid fifty

Joe Clarke walloped an 18-ball fifty to power Notts Outlaws to victory over Lancashire Lightning

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Vitality Blast | Leicestershire beat Yorkshire in thriller while Clarke hits rapid fifty

Ben Mike and Callum Parkinson celebrate winning on the last ball

Essex Eagles 195/8 lost to Surrey 198/6 by 4 wickets
Steelbacks 150/6 lost to Gloucestershire 185/6 by 35 runs
Notts Outlaws 169/4 beat Lancashire Lightning 167/5 by 6 wickets
Birmingham Bears 142/9 beat Glamorgan 129/8 by 13 runs
Durham 223/2 beat Derbyshire Falcons 168/5 by 55 runs
Leicestershire Foxes 192/7 beat Yorkshire Vikings 188/6 by 3 wickets
Somerset 165/8 lost to Worcestershire Rapids 168/4 by 3 runs

It was the kind of performance that will get opposition players sitting up and taking notice. Smacking 50 runs off just 18 balls, Joe Clarke went on to make 77 from 36 deliveries, powering Notts Outlaws to victory with 3 overs to spare.

It's been a quiet start to #Blast20 for Durham Cricket, but at home to Derbyshire Falcons the let rip to pick up their first win of the tournament. Alex Lees (77*), Graham Clark (45) and Ben Raine (71), who hit eight 6s the joint-most by a Durham player, all kept the fielders busy with an array of powerful shots, as the hosts put on their second highest T20 total, 223/2. There was no way back for Derbyshire, who could only manage 168/7 in reply.

In one of the games of the tournament, Leicestershire Foxes battled back to take the points in a exciting encounter with Yorkshire. Ben Mike was the clutch player, smashing six off the final ball with the scores tied, to take the win. But quick-fire performances by Gareth Delany (64), Colin Ackermann (58) and Aaron Lilley (30) meant Mike was in a position to unleash a nine-ball barrage and take the Foxes over the line.

Just a couple of days after Somerset won a thrilling Bob Willis Trophy showdown against Worcestershire to secure a place at the Lord's final and the two teams met again, this time Worcestershire taking a nail-biter. A solid performance with the bat, headlined by Ben Cox's 56 no out, gave the Rapids bowlers enough to protect, however it was thanks to Pat Brown's last over heroics, taking a wicked on the penultimate ball that ensured they were victorious this time.

Reigning champions Essex are stuttering after defeat to Surrey, their fourth loss of the Vitality Blast tournament so far. But in all likelihood, they were probably left blinded from such otherworldly beauty the moment Laurie Evans struck his jaw-dropping cover drive that they never had a chance to prevent Surrey from winning. He went on to score an unbeaten 88 from 52 balls to clinch the match.


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