Vitality Blast goes large in a big, big way thanks to some power hitting and silky celebratory moves
Birmingham Bears 158/2 beat Yorkshire Vikings 157/7 by 8 wickets
Lancashire Lightning 124/2 beat Northamptonshire Steelbacks 123/9 by 8 wickets
Glamorgan 173/4 lost to Sussex Sharks 177/2 by 8 wickets
Middlesex 160/7 lost to Gloucestershire 165/4 by 6 wickets
Derbyshire Falcons 135/9 lost to Worcestershire Rapids 136/4 by 6 wickets
Somerset 154/6 lost to Kent Spitfires 163/2 by 8 wickets
Leicestershire Foxes 180/9 lost to Notts Outlaws 199/8 by 19 runs
THE DOG'S POLLOCKS
Youngster Ed Pollock is a bit good at hitting a cricket ball very hard and very far. Still only 22, he averages 30.25 at a strike rate of 191.05 after 12 T20 matches. His latest sit-up-and-watch performance came against Yorkshire, where upon he crushed 26 runs off the opening over, going on to finish with 39 off 14 balls, to provide Birmingham Bears with a miraculous start.
County cricket has given us many wonderful wicket celebrations in recent years, from Matt Coles ‘slug’ to the very popular ‘Dab’. And it didn’t take long for the latest dance craze, ‘The Floss’, to be demonstrated out in the middle. Not once, but twice, did Kent Spitfire’s overseas signing Carlos Brathwaite shake his hips and swing his arms in joy. If you’re reading Blast players, more of this please!
CATCH ME IF YOU JORDAN
The sheer disbelief of it all. From the batsman, Richard Levi, static in shock at how the ball has been held onto, to the bowler’s quiet satisfaction rather than overzealous abandon to catching the return hit, time almost stands still for everyone involved. It’s a quite stunning effort, taken at the second – maybe third – opportunity following Levi’s rasping shot back at Clark, who was in his follow-through. Crucially for Lancashire Lightning, it stopped Northants’ top order progression just as they started to get in the grove. They never really recovered and it was a straight forward chase with Alex Davies completing back-to-back half-centuries.
With so many injuries to key bowling personnel, the Vitality Blast looked like it might be a struggle for Worcestershire. But the Pears have regrouped well in the absence of captain Joe Leach and paceman Josh Tongue, and secured three wins from their opening three matches.
Sussex Sharks set down a marker for their ambitions this season with a convincing win over hotly-tipped Glamorgan. Luke Wright (88) and Laurie Evans (65) both struck half-centuries as they strolled to a eight-wicket win. Rashid Khan had been the pick of the bowlers once again, taking two wickets and finishing with the best economy rate, in an innings were only Colin Ingram (81) really ever got going.