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Michael Cohen’s three wickets put Warwickshire seven down in second innings with 285-run lead



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Recent Match Report – Kent vs Middlesex South Group 2021

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Darren Stevens stars again with three wickets as Middlesex fall short by 16

Kent 178 for 8 (Leaning 64, Cox 64, Green 5-32) beat Middlesex 162 for 8 (Hollman 51, Stevens 3-32) by 16 runs

A brilliantly-measured partnership between Jordan Cox and Jack Leaning steered Kent Spitfires to a 16-run win over Middlesex in their Vitality Blast match at Canterbury.
The hosts were wobbling on 47 for 4 before Cox and Leaning both made 64, helping them recover to 178 for 8, despite a hat-trick for Chris Green, who took 5 for 32.
Luke Hollman countered with a high-class 51 off 33 balls, but the visitors lost wickets too frequently to seriously threaten the hosts and finished on 162 for 8.

Middlesex’s decision to field after winning the toss initially seemed vindicated when Blake Cullen took wickets with the last two balls of the third over, after he’d been hit for 13 off the previous four by Daniel Bell-Drummond, before the Kent skipper skied the fifth and was caught by Eoin Morgan at mid-off for 15.

Joe Denly slashed at the next ball and fell to a diving catch by John Simpson for 10 and in the next over Ollie Robinson edged Steven Finn and was caught behind for 8, leaving Kent on a modest 42 for 3 at the end of the powerplay.

Green had Alex Blake stumped off a wide for six, but Cox and Leaning responded with a cleverly-paced stand of 123, marked by smart running between the wickets and a well-timed acceleration that saw the last five overs produce 64 runs.

Green’s final over saw Cox caught by Max Holden, a two, a six and then a hat-trick. Leaning was caught by Morgan, Darren Stevens stumped off his first delivery and Milnes caught by Bamber.

Middlesex’s reply got off to a disastrous start. Stevie Eskinazi was caught behind off Denly for 4 and Paul Stirling skied James Logan’s first delivery to Blake for a duck. Holden got a bottom edge to Stevens and was caught behind for 10, Simpson played a horrible shot to Leaning and was caught by Cox for 4 and Eoin Morgan cut Stevens to Bell-Drummond and was out for 27.

Stevens then bowled Green for 16 and although Nathan Sowter offered some late resistance with an unbeaten 31, when Fred Klaassen had Hollman caught by Blake off the final ball of the penultimate over, it left Middlesex needing 25 off six, a task that finally proved beyond them when Cullen holed out to Milnes and was caught by Blake for 4



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Recent Match Report – Worcs vs Northants North Group 2021

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Aggressive half-century sets tone for comfortable win

Worcestershire 185 for 7 (Moeen 52, Sanderson 3-21) beat Northamptonshire 153 for 9 (Moeen 2-21) by 32 runs

A blistering half-century and two wickets from Moeen Ali saw Worcestershire Rapids complete a 32-run victory over Northamptonshire Steelbacks at Wantage Road.

The England allrounder, who also effected a run-out, joined forces with Brett D’Oliveira in a partnership of 94 to set Worcestershire up for a big total in this Vitality Blast clash. Although Northamptonshire’s bowlers pegged things back once Moeen holed out for 52 from 30 deliveries, Worcestershire’s 185 for 7 proved too many.

The Steelbacks played aggressively from the outset but never regained the momentum once skipper Josh Cobb and Adam Rossington were parted in successive overs at the end of the Powerplay.

Earlier tight work from Northamptonshire’s bowlers restricted Rapids to a lacklustre 36 for 1 in the first six overs. D’Oliveira broke the shackles with two maximums over long-on before Moeen got in on the action with the ninth and tenth overs leaking 37 runs.

Moeen brought up his half-century with his fourth six when he swung Graeme White over square leg before he attempted one big shot too many. He and D’Oliveira had more than doubled the total in the Powerplay in just 29 deliveries.

Cobb pegged back the scoring with two tight overs before Tom Taylor enticed D’Oliveira to edge a wide one behind for 43. Late hitting from Ross Whiteley and Ben Cox threatened to push Rapids towards 200, but Sanderson and Taylor finished with three wickets apiece to stem the flow.

The Steelbacks reply got off to a bad start when Richard Levi fell to the first ball of the innings, offering a sharp chance to D’Oliveira at backward point. Two overs later Ricardo Vasconcelos fell to a stunning diving catch in the deep by Whiteley.

Cobb was not going to die wondering and took four boundaries of Ben Dwarshuis’s second over and sliced Charlie Morris for a huge six over cover in the final over of the Powerplay. But his aggression came to an end next ball when he picked out the fielder at mid-on. Rossington was then bowled playing for spin to a straight ball from Ish Sodhi.

The wickets continued to fall. South African allrounder Wayne Parnell attempted a big heave across the line to Moeen and was stumped. Rob Keogh fell to a diving catch in the deep by Dwarshuis off Moeen to leave the Steelbacks in further trouble at 95 for 6. Saif Zaib mounted some late resistance with a flurry of boundaries but was left with too much to do.



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