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Highlights of the T20 Vitality Blast game between Surrey and Middlesex

Highlights of the T20 Vitality Blast game between Surrey and Middlesex

A round-up of Friday’s Vitality Blast action as Birmingham Bears achieved the highest total ever in the competition, while there was also plenty of racing elsewhere with Essex and Hampshire racking up the races.

Birmingham Bears recorded the highest tally ever in English domestic T20 cricket as they amassed 261-2 against Nottinghamshire en route to a 55-point win over the Outlaws in their Vitality Blast North Group clash at Trent Bridge.

Only seven best scores have been achieved in all T20 world crickets and one of them was achieved by the Czech Republic against Turkey as Birmingham trio Sam Hain (112 not out), Adam Hose (88no) and Rob Yates (53) tore Nottinghamshire apart. offensive.

Sam Hain led the way for the Birmingham Bears with an unbeaten 112 on 52 balls

Sam Hain led the way for the Birmingham Bears with an unbeaten 112 on 52 balls

The Bears’ unbeaten stand of 174 in just 70 balls between Hain – with his first hundred at this level – and Hose was this country’s best for third wicket, beating Hose’s own 171 with Ian Bell four years ago.

Joe Clarke smashed 86 of 45 balls in response to put the Outlaws up 150-2, with 112 needed at 14.6 per over, but fell long range and the rest crashed to 36 balls.

Josh Cobb led from the front as Northamptonshire shed light on Chris Lynn’s demise due to injury to thrash bandleaders Lancashire by seven counters at Wantage Road.

Lynn was ruled with calf strain but Cobb, down to zero, hit 57 from 32 including four sixes as the hosts chased a 154 target with 22 balls to spare.

Ben Curran provided great support with 50 of his own against a Lancashire side without Liam Livingstone, who was out on duty in England.

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The visitors clearly missed it as despite skipper Dane Vilas’ 38 and an explosive 31 from Tim David, they could only muster 153-7. Graeme White and Ben Sanderson both returned 2-28, while Tom Taylor took 1-21.

Adam Lyth’s dazzling half-century helped Vikings of Yorkshire to a comfortable 65-point win over Durham in Chester-le-Street.

The left-hander threw 81 of 46 and received good support from Finn Allen and Tom Kohler-Cadmore, who both hit 48, as Yorkshire made it 201-5 after opting to strike, despite ducking first Harry Brook ball.

Durham celebrate after Scott Borthwick took the wicket of Yorkshire's Harry Brook for a golden duck

Durham celebrate after Scott Borthwick took the wicket of Yorkshire’s Harry Brook for a golden duck

Scott Borthwick limited the damage with numbers of 3-34 but the chase was always going to be a tough challenge and Durham were unable to time the ball out of place in the same way as the visitors in midfield. tight bowling.

Michael Jones (34) and Ollie Robinson (44) were the only players to find their range without threatening to chase the total as the hosts finished well short at 136-8.

Yorkshire's Dom Leech celebrates Durham's Graham Clark wicket

Yorkshire’s Dom Leech celebrates Durham’s Graham Clark wicket

Leicestershire ended a four-game losing streak at home with an eight-wicket victory over the bottom of the table Worcestershire.

Ben Mike (3-20), Naveen-ul-Haq (3-22) and Callum Parkinson (3-28) shared the wickets as the Rapids were limited to 116-9 after opting to beat first, Kashif Ali 24 in his fourth appearance a modest top score.

Leicestershire's Naveen-ul-Haq celebrates taking the wicket from Worcestershire's Dwayne Bravo

Leicestershire’s Naveen-ul-Haq celebrates taking the wicket from Worcestershire’s Dwayne Bravo

It was a total that the Rapids, without Moeen Ali and with Ben Cox ruled out through illness, would likely never be able to defend and the Foxes went home with almost eight overs to spare, with Arron Lilley breaking 11 fours and a six in an undefeated 68 on 38 balls. His unbroken third wicket of 101 with Nick Welch (41) only managed 59 balls.

Sunil Narine shined with a bat and a ball like Surrey to beat middlesex by seven wickets to maintain their unbeaten record atop the South Group of Vitality Blast.

West Indies all-rounder Narine hit four sixes in his 29 51-not-out as Surrey picked up seven wins from eight Blast games, plus one no result against Glamorgan.

Sunil Narine's outstanding performance for Surrey in the T20 Blast saw him assist for half a century in their victory over Middlesex to stay top of the South group

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Sunil Narine’s outstanding performance for Surrey in the T20 Blast saw him assist for half a century in their victory over Middlesex to stay top of the South group

Sunil Narine’s outstanding performance for Surrey in the T20 Blast saw him assist for half a century in their victory over Middlesex to stay top of the South group

Narine smashes a six that damages the aiming screen and fans in the crowd are looking to lend a hand to fix it

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Narine smashes a six that damages the aiming screen and fans in the crowd are looking to lend a hand to fix it

Narine smashes a six that damages the aiming screen and fans in the crowd are looking to lend a hand to fix it

Ollie Pope finished unbeaten on 37 as Surrey went 158-3 in 15.1 overs in response to Middlesex’s 155-8.

Narine and Surrey captain Chris Jordan both took 2-27 from their four-over allowance, with Luke Hollman the top scorer for the visitors with 31.

Surrey's Chris Jordan 'almost takes a world' as Middlesex's Luke Hollman smashes a delivery to him in the T20 Blast

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Surrey’s Chris Jordan ‘almost takes a world’ as Middlesex’s Luke Hollman smashes a delivery to him in the T20 Blast

Surrey’s Chris Jordan ‘almost takes a world’ as Middlesex’s Luke Hollman smashes a delivery to him in the T20 Blast

Sussex and Essex set new cumulative race record

Australian all-rounder Daniel Sams beat his first half-century Vitality Blast against sussex guide Essex to their highest total of the tournament and a third win in four games.

Sams hammered 71 in just 24 deliveries, including six sixes and as many fours, as Essex went 244-7 at Chelmsford after being batted.

Mohammad Rizwan scored 66 from 32 to keep the Sharks’ hopes alive before former Essex star Ravi Bopara clubbed a valiant 51 from 26.

But that wasn’t enough as he perished against Sams in the final and Sussex narrowly missed 233-6 – the match total of 477 setting a Blast record.

James Vince demolished Kent Spitfire with a superb century like Hampshire Falcons won a fifth consecutive victory.

Hawks skipper Vince recorded his third century T20 with exactly 100 from 54 balls as he combined with Tom Perst – who impressed with his second format fifty – for a stand 128 runs for the second wicket.

With Ross Whiteley’s six-ball 23, the hosts beat their third-highest T20 score of 221-3 – something the Spitfires have never looked like chasing, ultimately dropping 54 points.

The rapid half-centuries of Rilee Rossouw and Lewis Gregory paved the way for Somerset land a Vitality Blast double over rivals Gloucestershire with a seven-point win at Taunton.

The hosts recovered from a slow start to run 184-6, Rossouw hitting 54 from 45 balls, with three sixes and five fours, while Gregory hammered in 60 from 36 deliveries, clearing the ropes five times.

Mohammad Amir (2-25) and Benny Howell (2-31) were the picks of the Gloucestershire bowlers, who made a promising start in response but were ultimately held to 177-8.

Ryan Higgins hit 43 and Benny Howell 42, but the visitors strayed mid-inning. Peter Siddle claimed 3-30 and Roelof van der Merwe 1-31.

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