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Vitality Blast | Glamorgan power past Steelbacks while Clarke maintains fantastic form

Glamorgan smash Steelbacks in impressive win as Joe Clarke hits third score over fifty

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Vitality Blast | Glamorgan power past Steelbacks while Clarke maintains fantastic form

Andrew Salter celebrates a wicket in the Vitality Blast

Worcestershire 178/4 lost to Birmingham Bears 181/4 by 6 wickets
Glamorgan 99/3 beat Steelbacks 98 by 7 wickets
Somerset 192/8 lost to Gloucestershire 203/6 by 11 runs
Derbyshire Falcons 185/6 lost to Notts Outlaws 198/6 by 13 runs
Durham 132/4 beat Leicestershire Foxes 130/9

A sterling performance with the ball, dismissing a strong Steelbacks team for just 98 runs, meant Glamorgan were always on course to take the points in this encounter. Timm van der Gugten and Prem Sisodiya both claimed three wickets, but is was a team effort in the field to restrict Steelbacks and give Glamorgan's hope of progressing in #Blast20 a huge boost.

There's little sweeter than getting one over your rivals and Birmingham Bears were able to leave Blackfinch New Road for the third time victorious after overcoming their nemesis in the final over. Sam Hain provided the back bone to their chase with a delightful unbeaten 73, but it was the bowling which will please them the most, keeping a powerful Worcestershire top order to 178, and crucially keeping pace with the top two teams in the Central Group.

It's been a long tough road back for Benny Howell but after a year out of the game through injuries, he returned with aplomb. Coming in at number 8, Howell capitalised on a solid base built off the back of Ian Cockbain's half-century and smashed an unbeaten 49 off a mere 18 deliveries. His late order intervention proved critical as Somerset fell 11 runs short, the scores finishing so close thanks to the impressive display from 18-year-old Will Smeed, who struck 82 in only his second professional game.

Joe Clarke is in the form of his life. He's scored three 50+ runs in five innings in the Vitality Blast this summer, carrying on his success with the red-ball. Third in the most runs category for the tournament, he also boost the leading strike rate for anyone with 100+ runs, a mighty 187.68.

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