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Records Fall In Another Thrilling Vitality Blast Friday Night

Another blockbuster Friday night didn't disappoint in the Vitality Blast

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Records Fall In Another Thrilling Vitality Blast Friday Night

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NORTH GROUP
Yorkshire Vikings 201/5 beat Durham Cricket 136/8 by 65 runs
Northamptonshire Steelbacks 154/3 beat Lancashire Lightning 153/7 by 7 wickets
Birmingham Bears 261/2 beat Notts Outlaws 206 by 55 runs
Leicetsershire Foxes 118/2 beat Worcestershire Rapids 116/9 by 8 wickets

SOUTH GROUP
Surrey 158/3 beat Middlesex 155/8 by 7 wickets
Somerset 184/6 beat Gloucestershire 177/8 by 7 runs
Hampshire Hawks 221/3 beat Kent Spitfires 167/8 by 54 runs
Essex Eagles 244/7 beat Sussex Sharks 233/6 by 11 runs

SURREY CONTINUE UNBEATEN CAMPAIGN AT THE OVAL

Surrey's perfect start to the Vitality Blast 2022 continued in front of a home crowd at The Oval. The London Derby was not as close an affair as some people would have wished for as Surrey continued to show how strong they are in this format, restricting Middlesex to 155/8 after winning the toss and choosing to bowl. The run chase never seemed to get away from the hosts, as Will Jacks opened the batting with a superb 43 from 20 balls. Then in comes Sunil Narine who made sure the crowd at The Oval chose the best way to spend the scorching evening. Seeing his team home, he scored 51 from 29 balls to ensure Surrey completed an emphatic victory over their neighbours across the river. 

 

JAMES VINCE POWERS HAMPSHIRE HAWKS TO VICTORY 

It's never a chore to watch James Vince bat, right? No, we didn't think so. That is especially true tonight, as he hit a century from just 54 balls against Kent Spitfires to put Hampshire in 4th place in the South Group. Hampshire posted 221/3, a mammoth first innings total thanks to James Vince and Tom Prest in partnership and fireworks at the end from Joe Weatherly and Ross Whitley, who hit 23 from just 6 balls. Safe to say it was a big task for the reigning champions, Kent Spitfires who, despite strong performances from Joe Denly (49) and Alex Blake (44), couldn't chase down the total set by Hampshire and ended on 167/8. 

 

 

BEARS BREAK BLAST RECORD FOR HIGHEST EVER TOTAL AGAINST OUTLAWS

What a night at Trent Bridge. Sam Hain, take a bow. Friday nights are made for games like this! The Bears' first innings started with fireworks at the top of the order from Rob Yates, hitting 53 from 29 runs. Then Sam Hain walked to the crease and powered his way to his maiden T20 century to continue his excellent form this season. He hit 112 not out from 52 balls, and was accompanied by Adam Hose who might have been in Hain's shadow, played an integral part as the visitors hit the highest ever total in the Blast, posting 261/2. Neither of them showed any sign of stopping as the ball flew into the stands over after over to ensure Outlaws had no way back into the game. Notts did manage to reach over 200, with Joe Clarke striking well opening the batting, but it wasn't enough to surpass the record breaking bears. 

 

 

DANIEL SAMS SEES ESSEX OVER THE LINE AT CHELMSFORD

Another game where both teams scored over 200 each as Essex Eagles withstood a late charge from Sussex Sharks to secure their fifth win of their campaign. All of Essex's top four stood up, each scoring over 30, but it was Daniel Sams who powered his team to 243/7. He scored 70 from 24 balls at a strike rate of 291.66, incredible! Sussex's run chase got off to a good start with Rizwan scoring 66 from 32 balls and Bopara on his old home ground scoring 51 from 26 balls in the closing stages, but Sussex didn't have enough to get over the line in the end. 

YORKSHIRE VIKINGS PASS 200 AS THEY STUN DURHAM 

It was a convincing victory for Yorkshire on the road at Durham, as they posted 201/5 from their first innings, thanks to Adam Lyth at the top of the order scoring 81 from 46 alongside the overseas star Finn Allen who scored 48 from 24. A big total to chase, Durham could only manage to make 136/8 in response, as Jack Shutt picked up 4 wickets to seal victory for the Vikings. 

 

TIGHT AFFAIR SEES SOMERSET GET OVER THE LINE AGAINST GLOUCESTERSHIRE

Lewis Gregory scoring runs is a consistent we can all rely on isn't it? A late surge from him down the order meant Somerset got to a total of 184/6 from their 20 overs. Gregory scored 60 from 36 balls, whilst Rilee Rossouw scored 54 from 35 as Somerset faced a challenge to defend against a powerful Gloucestershire side. However due to some excellent bowling from Peter Siddle and the other Somerset bowlers, they managed to restrict Gloucestershire to 177/8 in their response. 

 

NORTHANTS CHARGE LEAD BY COBB AND CURRAN TO VICTORY OVER LIGHTNING

An excellent effort from the Northamptonshire Steelbacks saw Lancashire Lightning reduced to just 153/7 in their first innings. There was strong performances from Dane Vilas (38 from 22 balls) and Tm David (31 from 11 balls), however their total was not enough to stop the Steelbacks on home soil. A 94 run partnership between Josh Cobb and Ben Curran all but sealed victory for Northants as they remain undefeated at their home ground. 

FOXES FIND THEIR FIRE POWER AGAINST RAPIDS

An impressive performance from the off, Leicestershire Foxes took a dominant victory over Worcestershire Rapids at their home ground. Callum Parkinson, Naveen-Ul-Haq and Ben Mike all picked up three wickets as they restricted the Rapids to just 116/9, which is seriously impressive for a team that contains Ed Pollard, Colin Munro and Dwayne Bravo. The total didn't seem to bother Leicestershire either, as they chased down 117 in just over 12 overs with Nick Welch and Aaron Lilley scoring a 101 run partnership. 

 

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