Alex Hales hit 12 fours and five sixes in a dominating performance helping the Notts Outlaws to a victory over the Derbyshire Falcons
Alex Hales hit a searing 91 from just 33 balls to propel Nottinghamshire to a seven-wicket win over Derbyshire in the Vitality Blast on Friday night.
In a superb display of shots, Hales broke 12 fours and five sixes as he topped a 119-for-51 top position with Joe Clarke (25-for-20) as the Outlaws chased their goal of 179 on 17.1 overs .
Hales ran to 50 on just 18 balls, looting 20 from George Scrimshaw’s fourth, while he then dismantled Sam Conners’ sixth – 26 from it – as Notts reached 95 without a loss at the end of the power play opening.
Hales drove Matt McKiernan for a pair of sixes in the seventh, but the leg spinner broke the stand in his next, picking up Clarke caught square-leg deep.
Hales’ brutal innings ended four balls later as he skimmed Scrimshaw to the long-legged defender, but the Outlaws went home with 17 balls to spare.
Earlier, Leus du Plooy scored for Derbyshire with 51 and Wayne Madsen made it 40, but Jake Ball caught the Falcons by taking three wickets in the final to finish with 4-40.
LancashireThe drummers of Northamptonshire of the last ball of their clash at Emirates Old Trafford.
Chasing 154 and needing six to win the final, the home side’s chances seemed to have vanished when Jimmy Neesham fired Danny Lamb and Tim David, but with three needed on one ball, the New Zealander launched a wide then a no-ball to give the spoils to Lancashire.
However, David’s 26-ball 42s, which included a trio of sixes, had been equally essential in ensuring Lancashire remained unbeaten in this year’s Blast, preserving their 100% home record.
Earlier, Saif Zaib hit 57 of 41 as Northants went 153-6 after opting to strike first.
yorkshire raced to a record goal of 208 to beat Durham in a fascinating game at Headingley as both Adam Lyth and David Willey played at bat.
Yorkshire were rocked by Durham’s 207-8 batting tally first, including a 37-ball 65 from fly-half Graham Clark and a career-best 56 from 34 from Kent’s on-loan wicketkeeper Ollie Robinson.
But their mood was quickly turned by left-handed fly-half Lyth, who broke the back of the chase with 10 fours and three sixes in his 77 from 33 balls, before the versatile England Willey saw the team home by six wickets and with 2.2 overs. to spare, crushing eight fours and three sixes in his 75 steps over 39 deliveries.
Yorkshire, who survived the loss of England’s Harry Brook for four after being released from the Test squad for the game, had never chased 200. Their previous most successful chase was 196 against Derbyshire in 2005 .
Worcestershire celebrated their first Blast victory of the season as Brett D’Oliveira broke a game-high 71 in a 15-point win over the Birmingham Bears at New Road.
D’Oliveira fired three sixes and six fours in his impressive 38-ball run as the Rapids went 217-5 over their 20 overs – their fifth-highest T20 total of all time.
D’Oliveira received superb support from Jack Haynes (53rd), who hit a 22-ball half-century, and New Zealander Colin Munro (41 of 21) after the Bears put the home side to bat .
A flurry of three wickets with Dillon Pennington’s new ball (3-30) then had the Bears on the back foot before a rally from Sam Hain – the middle-ranked batsman hitting 45 of 33 deliveries – helped lift the team over 200 only to fall a bit short again at 202-8.
Freshly awarded an OBE, Moeen Ali has returned to lead Worcestershire for the first time this season after a short break following his IPL stint with Chennai Super Kings. He scored 16 of 15 balls, while his goal with the ball lasted 22 points.
Will Smeed recalled his precocious talent again with a scintillating 94 on just 41 balls as Somerset returned to winning ways with a nine-wicket crush of Glamorgan at Taunton.
The visitors went 173-7 after losing the draw, with former Somerset player Eddie Byrom leading the way with 37 from 26 balls and versatile Ben Green claiming career-best figures of 5-29.
In response, Somerset fly-half Smeed and Tom Banton (45 from 30) put up a superb position of exactly 100 from 9.2 overs, setting the stage for a comprehensive victory with 5.5 overs to spare.
Twenty-year-old Smeed threw eight sixes and six fours in a memorable display. The result left Somerset riding high, with four wins from their first five group matches, while for Glamorgan it was a third loss in five games.
Defending Vitality Blast Champions Kent continued his abject title defense with a 32-point loss to Surrey in Canterbury.
The Spitfires have now lost their five Blast games this season as, after limiting Surrey to 159-6, they fell to 127-9 in response.
It was a complete and fully deserved victory for the visitors, who snuffed out Kent’s pursuit and shared the wickets, with all six bowlers claiming at least one casualty.
Reece Topley had Surrey’s best numbers at 3-24, while Chris Jordan took 2-27. Joe Denly made 44 for Kent but had no real backing in an increasingly doomed chase.
Sam Curran was Surrey’s top scorer with 43, while Jamie Overton added 27 from the death to tip the odds in favor of the visitors.
At Hove, Ravi Bopara’s captain’s innings of 54 from 36 balls helped sussex inflict a first defeat of the 2022 Blast campaign on middlesex.
Bopara were joined in a decisive unbroken position at the sixth wicket of 58 from 6.5 overs by Harrison Ward as Sussex won a contest in the rain by five wickets with three balls to spare.
Earlier West Indian left-arm fast bowler Obed McCoy claimed 4-30 as Middlesex were knocked out for 163, with their former bowler Steven Finn also on 3-29. Joe Cracknell hit two sixes and eight fours as the leading scorer with 68-49.
Rain delayed the start of Sussex’s chase, leaving them to score 146 from 17 overs to win on Duckworth-Lewis-Stern settlements and, despite falling to 37-3 at one point, Bopara helped steady the ship and lead the Sharks to victory.
Elsewhere, the Group South match between Gloucestershire and Essex was abandoned without a ball being played due to rain.