In an exciting match at Trent Bridge, Yorkshire achieved their first victory of the season in any format with an eight-run win against Nottinghamshire in the Vitality Blast.
Opting to bat first, Yorkshire’s Dawid Malan, the England cricketer, played a brilliant innings, scoring 95 off just 56 balls. Skipper Shan Masood also contributed with a quickfire 34 off 23 deliveries, helping Yorkshire post a challenging total of 182 for seven.
Nottinghamshire’s Alex Hales continued his fine form, scoring a half-century for the second consecutive night, and New Zealand international Colin Munro made 46.
However, their efforts fell short as Yorkshire’s David Wiese took two wickets for 32 runs, restricting Nottinghamshire to 174 for six. This win marked Yorkshire’s first T20 victory at Trent Bridge since 2015.
Having struggled in the LV= County Championship, where they currently sit at the bottom of Division Two without a win in their first five matches, Yorkshire had also faced defeat in their previous three Vitality Blast fixtures. They will now look to carry the momentum into their upcoming clash against Lancashire at Headingley on Thursday.
Essex Registers First Blast Win with Impressive Performance Against Gloucestershire
Essex kick-started their Vitality Blast campaign with a thrilling three-wicket victory over Gloucestershire, thanks to an impressive maiden T20 half-century by young talent Robin Das.
The 21-year-old Das, who had recently made his mark with a century on his first-class debut against Ireland, played a scintillating innings of 69 off just 33 balls. His contribution, along with Feroze Khushi’s quickfire 34 off 14 deliveries and Tom Westley’s unbeaten 31, guided Essex to victory with five balls to spare, chasing down Gloucestershire’s challenging target of 196.
Gloucestershire had set a formidable total largely due to Ben Charlesworth’s explosive innings of 50 off just 19 balls, the fastest half-century for the county in T20 matches.
The win will provide Essex with much-needed confidence as they look to build momentum in the tournament after a slow start. Their next challenge will be against an arch-rival, as they take on the Roses rivals Lancashire.
Somerset Overcomes Rain Delays to Secure Duckworth-Lewis Victory over Kent
In a rain-affected encounter at Canterbury, Somerset emerged victorious by 13 runs via the Duckworth-Lewis Method against Kent.
The match witnessed multiple interruptions due to rain, but Somerset managed to restrict Kent to 112 in pursuit of a revised target of 126 from 15 overs. Skipper Sam Billings top-scored for Kent with 29 runs, but Somerset’s Ben Green claimed three wickets for 19 runs, while Lewis Gregory played a crucial role in stifling Kent’s chase in the final over when they required 18 runs.
Earlier, Somerset posted a total of 154 runs in their allotted 20 overs, with Tom Lammonby contributing the most with 34 runs. Kent’s Wes Agar took three wickets for 18 runs but couldn’t prevent Somerset from setting a challenging target.
The win will boost Somerset’s confidence as they continue their campaign in the Vitality Blast.