Essex Eagles 188/5 lost to Somerset 194/2 by eight wickets
Glamorgan 151/6 beat Sussex Sharks 149/8 by four wickets
Hampshire Hawks 151/7 lost to Surrey 152/6 by four wickets
Middlesex 143/3 beat Kent Spitfires 141/9 by seven wickets
EYE ON AHMED'S BRIGHT FUTURE
Leicestershire Foxes have a star in the making in Rehan Ahmed. The 17-year-old leg-spinner was absolutely dominant at Seat Unique Riverside in the Foxes' victory. He began his spell with a caught and bowled from his very first ball - just as he had done in the reverse fixture, his first-ever delivery in the format. But it was his third wicket, that of Ned Eckersley, which really caught the eye: a stunning googly which spun in a mile and clean bowled the Durham keeper. He then did the same to Andrew Tye. Remarkable stuff.
SOMERSET BLITZ AT CHELMSFORD
The Cloud County Ground was treated to a brutal display of hitting, but it was the visitors Somerset who were magnificent with the bat. The home faithful had enjoyed every moment of yet another Michael Pepper innings, the Essex Eagles' man smashing an unbeaten 86 from 49 balls, his highest score in this format. But Will Smeed took 23 runs from the opening over of the reply, and Rilee Rossouw did what he has been doing best this summer - hitting sixes. Seven of them came here and his 85 from 36 handed Somerset their seventh win.
194/2 from 17.3 overs..........................that's some run chase in the @VitalityBlast 💥💥💥— Somerset Cricket 🏏 (@SomersetCCC) June 19, 2022
🏏 Rossouw 85* from 36 balls
🏏 Abell 62* from 46 balls
🤝 153 run partnership #ESSvSOM #WeAreSomerset pic.twitter.com/XrHqnndi4f
SURREY'S UNBEATEN RUN CONTINUES
Surrey's ninth fixture in this season's Vitality Blast and they remain unbeaten, after their victory at Hampshire Hawks. James Fuller's cameo got the Hawks to 151 and when they removed Surrey's top-order, it looked like a close contest was on the cards. Kieron Pollard then looked to be taking the game away with 34 from 22, but when he went, it was left to Rory Burns and captain Chris Jordan to see Surrey over the line.
SURREY WIN!! A grandstand finish at the Ageas Bowl has seen Surrey emerge victorious again in the @VitalityBlast, overcoming @hantscricket by 4 wickets! 🤎#SurreyCricket #VitalityBlast pic.twitter.com/33qFQrVSMa— Surrey Cricket (@surreycricket) June 19, 2022
FALCONS MAUL BEARS
Sam Hain's rich vein of form continued at Edgbaston, the Birmingham Bears batter striking a sublime 73 from 40 not out. No other Bear got past 20 though and the experienced head of Wayne Madsen was to the fore as Derbyshire Falcons dominated the reply, chasing their 160 target for the loss of just three wickets, Madsen out for 55.
𝙑𝙄𝘾𝙏𝙊𝙍𝙔!!!! 𝙒𝙃𝘼𝙏 𝘼 𝙋𝙀𝙍𝙁𝙊𝙍𝙈𝘼𝙉𝘾𝙀 🔥🔥🔥— Derbyshire CCC (@DerbyshireCCC) June 19, 2022
The Falcons seal a hugely impressive seven-wicket win over Birmingham Bears at Edgbaston!
Scorecard and clips ⤵️
MIDDLESEX RETURN TO WINNING WAYS
After three wins to open the competition, Middlesex found themselves on a losing streak. The visit of defending champions Kent Sptifires to Lord's saw them break that streak, with an excellent all-round bowling performance restricting Kent to just 141. Joe Cracknell and John Simpson both hit 40s in a 91-run partnership as they chased the target three wickets down.
🥳 | MIDDLESEX WIN BY SEVEN WICKETS— Middlesex Cricket (@Middlesex_CCC) June 19, 2022
Jack Davies hits the ball for four and we have defeated Kent Spitfires by seven wickets here at the @HomeOfCricket!
John Simpson top-scored with 46 and Joe Cracknell was unbeaten at the end on 43!
LIGHTNING STRIKE AT BLACKPOOL
Notts Outlaws were the visitors to Blackpool but left empty-handed, thanks in large part to the contribution of the hometown boy, Steven Croft. His unbeaten 61, much of which came in a rapid partnership with Dane Vilas (55), gave Lancashire Lightning
NERVY FINISH IN CARDIFF
Glamorgan thought they had the match wrapped up against Sussex Sharks: Two wickets down, needing 26 from four overs. Then Tymal Mills took two wickets in two balls, Ravi Bopara followed that up with two in four, and suddenly it was 18 to win from two overs. Dan Douthwaite delivered for the hosts though, smashing all the required runs off Steven Finn.