Vitality Blast round-up: Imran Tahir earns Durham fifth straight victory


The best of the action as Kent beat Essex to move top of the Vitality Blast South Group.

Durham took a step towards the quarter-finals of the Vitality Blast by notching their fifth win in a row in the competition, defeating Northamptonshire by 75 runs at Emirates Riverside.

Paul Collingwood’s unbeaten 50 – along with quick-fire scores in the twenties from Liam Trevaskis and James Weighell – guided the home side to a competitive total of 170 -4.

Durham’s bowlers dominated the second half of the contest. Imran Tahir led the way with four wickets for 16 runs, while Weighell and Nathan Rimmington notched two apiece as Northants managed just 95.

At Trent Bridge, Ish Sodhi turned the match on its head as Nottinghamshire recorded a thrilling nine-run victory over Derbyshire.

Sodhi took 4-17, his best figures for Notts, as the Falcons fell away in pursuit of a victory target of 167 – his second wicket had been that of Wahab Riaz, who blitzed his way to 53 off 31 balls, as Derbyshire were restricted to 157-8.

Notts vs Worcs

August 4, 2018, 6:45pm

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Birmingham Bears notched a first win in five matches as they beat Leicestershire by eight wickets.

Grant Elliott’s team went into this fixture next to bottom of the table but, after Olly Stone had shown his quality and potential with a fine display of pace bowling with 3-22, the Bears dismissed the Foxes for 143 in 19.3 overs.

Adam Hose (66) and Sam Hain (27) eased Birmingham to a win that could hardly have been more comfortable, their 95-run partnership getting the job done with 34 deliveries to spare.

In the South Group, Sam Billings struck an unbeaten half-century and Adam Milne took four wickets as Kent moved top of the table with a 28-run victory over Essex at Canterbury.

Billings blasted 56 off 39 balls, sharing in a fourth-wicket partnership of 106 with Marcus Stoinis, to lift the Spitfires to 191-4 – New Zealand paceman Milne then claimed figures of 4-15 to help Kent, who dropped four simple catches, dismiss the Eagles for 163.

At Lord’s, Jofra Archer’s hat-trick in a dramatic last over saw Sussex to a 12-run win over Middlesex – Archer claimed the vital wicket of Eoin Morgan just as England’s white-ball captain threatened an unlikely win for the hosts with 90 off 56 balls, his highest score in T20 cricket.

The Barbadian-born seamer then bowled John Simpson before completing his hat-trick by trapping James Fuller lbw.

The drama came after a blistering half-century off just 19 balls from Phil Salt and 49 from debutant Delray Rawlins had helped the visitors post a challenging total of 168.

Surrey vs Middlesex

August 3, 2018, 7:00pm

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