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T20 Blast round-up: Lancashire get off the mark with win over rivals Yorkshire and MORE


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Reigning champions Lancashire broke their NatWest T20 Blast duck with victory over Roses rivals Yorkshire at Old Trafford.

Both teams went into the match winless for the season but Lancashire were in control once Liam Livingstone blasted 55 off just 23 balls and Karl Brown 54 off 38. Jos Buttler (23) and Jordan Clark (28) also contributed rapid runs in a total of 204 for seven as Tim Bresnan took three for 24.

England star Joe Root’s sparkling innings of 92 not out from 51 balls was not enough for Yorkshire, who could only reach 178 for seven as George Edwards took three for 33.

Leaders Northamptonshire chased down Worcestershire’s below-par 144 for six for a third win in succession – despite losing Olly Stone to a bizarre injury.

Opening bowler Stone crumpled in a heap after leaping in celebration of the prize wicket of Moeen Ali and was unable to finish his second over but despite captain Daryl Mitchell’s unbeaten 44, Worcestershire were unable to compile a threatening total and Richard Levi (44) and Josh Cobb (56no) set up an easy seven-wicket win.

Birmingham Bears inflicted a first defeat on Durham by a thumping nine-wicket margin after Chris Woakes, with three for 25, and Rikki Clarke (two for 25) helped restrict the visitors to 154 for nine.

Paul Collingwood’s score for Durham matched his age – 40 – but his efforts were overshadowed by Bears opener Varun Chopra’s unbeaten 97 from 58 balls.

Leicestershire were bowled out for 120 by Derbyshire, who won by four wickets. Shiv Thakor and Jimmy Neesham took three wickets apiece before seeing their side home with the bat in an unbroken stand of 20.

In the south group, Chris Gayle blasted 49 as Somerset beat Essex by seven wickets.

Tom Westley (40), Ryan ten Doeschate (47) and Ashar Zaidi, with 31 from 18 balls, led Essex to 178 for seven.

But Gayle (below), who before the match had hit out at coverage of the sexism row involving him at Australia’s Big Bash League and claimed he was made a scapegoat, served a reminder of his qualities on the field with five fours and four sixes in a 23-ball attack. Peter Trego added 34 from 16 balls and Jim Allenby and Lewis Gregory each finished 37no.

Sussex suffered a first defeat of the season and were caught at the top of the fledgling table by opponents Surrey as well as Glamorgan and Gloucestershire.

Surrey piled up 205 for four thanks to Jason Roy’s 109 from 67 balls and Kumar Sangakkara’s half-century, and despite Ross Taylor making 51 Sussex fell short on 182 for five.

Michael Hogan took four for 28 and Dale Steyn three for 22, the South Africa star’s first wickets for Glamorgan, as they bowled Hampshire out for 141. Aneurin Donald then hit 55 off 27 balls and Colin Ingram 43 off 30 to ensure a five-wicket victory.

Gloucestershire won by seven wickets but had to go to the last over to chase down Kent’s 144, in which Andrew Tye took three for 18 in four impressive overs. Hamish Marshall led the successful chase with 56 and Ian Cockbain made 37.



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