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Kieron Pollard hit 34 as Surrey secured a four-wicket Vitality Blast win over Hampshire Hawks to maintain their unbeaten start to the season

Kieron Pollard hit 34 as Surrey secured a four-wicket Vitality Blast victory over Hampshire Hawks to maintain their unbeaten start to the season.

Trinidadian Pollard had previously been limited to short cameos, with a maximum score of 23, in his first five games for Surrey.

But after Jamie Smith and Laurie Evans put up a modest 152-ball chase, the West Indian hit two sixes and three fours from 22 balls to keep Surrey glued to the top of the southern group.

Hampshire, which saw James Fuller crush a late unbeaten 39 and saw Liam Dawson take two for 21, is ending its five-game winning streak but remains in the hunt for the quarter-finals.

Lancashire have set foot in the quarter-finals

Steven Croft delighted a sold-out crowd at his hometown club Blackpool with an excellent unbeaten 61 as Lancashire secured a foothold in the Vitality Blast quarter-finals at the expense of Notts Outlaws.

Croft was born in the seaside town and is much loved at Stanley Park, where 4,500 people gathered to watch the Lightning claim a seventh win in 10 games chasing 180 for the loss of four wickets with 10 balls remaining to return to the top of the northern group. .

The 37-year-old former County captain hit four fours and two sixes from 44 balls and also sapped the hopes of perennial challengers Blast Notts, who languish outside the top four qualifying spots after losing five of nine games.

If the popular opinion that seven wins will qualify you for the quarter-finals rings true this year, the Red Rose is there after Croft’s third-wicket partnership of 114 with current skipper Dane Vilas, who made 55 from 30 to go from 31 for two.

Nottinghamshire’s 179 for seven included Samit Patel’s 45 from 36 and captain Dan Christian’s unbeaten 30 from 14, with two sixes on Danny Lamb’s last two innings.

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Middlesex end six-game losing streak

Joe Cracknell and John Simpson put together a shrewd 91 partnership as Middlesex ended their Vitality Blast six-game losing streak by beating South Group backstops Kent Spitfires by seven wickets.

Cracknell, with an unbeaten 43 from 37 balls, and Simpson (46 from 35) shared the only significant position in a low-scoring game to set up Middlesex’s triumph with 15 deliveries to spare.

Defending champions Kent, languishing at the foot of the table, limped to 141 for nine after going at bat, choked out during the middle overs by Middlesex’s spin trio of Chris Green, Thilan Walallawita and Luke Hollman.

Although the Spitfires won a silver lining with two wickets in quick succession, the third-wicket pair struck wisely to extinguish that and keep Middlesex’s faint qualifying hopes alive.

Rossouw tops the scoring charts

Rilee Rossouw climbed to the top of the Vitality Blast scoring charts as Somerset remained on course for a knockout tie at home with an eight-wicket thrashing of Essex at Chelmsford.

Rossouw plundered 85 not just 36 balls to edge Northamptonshire’s Chris Lynn in the standings as the visitors did light work to hunt 189 to win, although the Eagles were left on the street giving the South African a life , knocking down a regulation chance when he had only made four.

Somerset skipper Tom Abell provided excellent support with an unbeaten 62 as the visitors returned home with 15 balls to spare.

It came after Michael Pepper (86 not out) and Paul Walter (58) helped Essex continue their innings to record a 188-for-five aggregate.

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Leicestershire give Blast campaign a boost

Rehan Ahmed recorded career-best numbers as the Leicestershire Foxes gave their Vitality Blast campaign a vital boost with a 51-point win over Durham in their Seat Unique Riverside clash.

Wiaan Mulder was the key man at bat for the Foxes, scoring 54 of 33 after the visitors looked in danger at 80 for six.

The South African international timed the ball to perfection with four boundaries and two sixes to lift his side to a defensible total of 157 for nine of their 20 overs.

Durham struggled throughout their chase and was always behind the pace, increasing the pressure down the middle.

Ahmed tormented the home side with a wrist trick on slow surface with figures of four for 22, while Callum Parkinson (three for 16) and Mulder (two for 16) were also poised to lead their side to a win that keeps the Foxes’ hopes alive in Group North.

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The Derbyshire Charge Continues

Derbyshire’s Vitality Blast charge continued with a crushing seven-wicket victory over Birmingham at Edgbaston.

The Falcons picked up their fourth consecutive win by comfortably beating a Bears side that had racked up a record Blast total against the Nottinghamshire Outlaws just two days earlier.

This time, the Bears were limited to 159 for seven by excellent bowling led by Sam Conners (three for 25) and Mattie McKiernan (two for 18). Sam Hain continued his sublime form with an undefeated 73 (40 balls) but no other hitter escaped the chains.

The visitors made light of the modest goal, rushing in 160 for three with 11 balls to spare.

Luis Reece provided an early boost with 38 from 24 before Wayne Madsen (55 from 34) and captain Shan Masood (45 not out) added 89 from 59 to seal the victory.

The victory propels the Falcons into the qualifying spots while the Bears are also still there but remain hit and miss, their record tally of 261 on Friday sandwiched between losses by 10 and seven wickets.

Another concern for them was Hain’s absence from the pitch due to back pain.

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Glamorgan back to winning ways

Glamorgan came back to winning ways in the Vitality Blast with a four-wicket win over sussex in Cardiff.

Wickets for the ever-reliable Michael Neser and runs for Colin Ingram and Sam Northeast set up Glamorgan’s win which keeps their knockout hopes alive.

Sussex struck first and a stop-start round saw them set Glamorgan a target of 150 to win with Luke Wright leading with 46.

A great partnership between Ingram and Northeast was the foundation upon which the successful pursuit was built, with the former being the main contributor with 57 out of 43 deliveries.

Late wickets, including those from Ingram and the North East, brought Sussex back into the contest to the death, but heavy hitter Dan Douthwaite saw the hosts go home with more to spare.

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