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Unbeaten Lees Century Sees Durham Home In Final Over

Alex Lees

An unbeaten century from opener Alex Lees saw Durham victorious in the final over of a rain-affected program of Royal London Cup action on Sunday. Middlesex’s home game against Gloucestershire was cancelled due to Covid-19 in the visitors’ camp (no news on whether it affects their game at Kent on Thursday at this stage).

Sunday’s Hundred games between Oval Invincibles and Trent Rockets will be reviewed in tomorrow’s column alongside today’s action between the Birmingham Phoenix and Welsh Fire.

Durham vs Essex (Group A)

Durham would win the toss and elect to field first in a game that was reduced to 45 overs per side.

Sir Alastair Cook would be caught by David Bedingham off the bowling of Chris Rushworth for 12 before Nick Browne would be caught behind by Cameron Bancroft off the bowling of Jack Campbell for 3. Tom Westley would be caught by Liam Trevaskis off the bowling of Rushworth for 18 before a partnership of 101 between Feroze Khushi and Josh Rymell would be ended with the latter caught by Liam Doneathy off the bowling of Campbell for 40.

Ryan ten Doeschate would be caught by Scott Borthwick off the bowling of Paul van Meekeren for 21 before Khushi would be the last wicket to fall, caught by sub fielder Crawshaw off the bowling of Campbell, for 109 off 111 balls – Simon Harmer and Aron Nijjar finishing 12 and 0 not out respectively.

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Chasing an adjusted target of 232 from their 45 overs, the hosts lost Graham Clark as he was caught by Khushi off the bowling of Nijjar for 24 before Borthwick would be bowled by Harmer for 21. Bancroft would be LBW to the same bowler for 5 before Bedingham would be bowled by Benkenstein for 2.

Sean Dickson would be caught by Allison off the bowling of ten Doeschate for 23 before Trevaskis would be caught behind by Browne off Allison’s bowling for 12. Doneathy would be run out by Rymell for 13 before van Meekeren would be the final wicket to fall, stumped by Browne off the bowling of Westley, for 1 with Lees (126 off 132 balls) and Rushworth (0) seeing the hosts home with 5 balls to spare.

Durham travel to Worcestershire on Tuesday while Essex host Sussex at the same time.

ESS 227/6 (45 overs), DUR 233/8 (44.1 overs)

Kent vs Hampshire (Group A)

Hampshire won the toss and elected to field first in a game that was reduced to 24 overs per side.

Tawanda Muyeye would be bowled by Turner for 24 before Ollie Robinson would be caught by James Fuller off the bowling of Ian Holland for 27. Jack Leaning would be caught & bowled by the same bowler for 11 before Harry Finch would be caught by Nick Gubbins without scoring to give Holland his third wicket.

Darren Stevens would be caught by Felix Organ off Holland’s bowling before Grant Stewart would be run out by Tom Scriven for 4. Joe Gordon would be caught by Organ off the bowling of Scriven for 9 before Harry Podmore would be bowled by Currie for 8. Hamidullah Qadri would be LBW to the same bowler for 5 before Matt Quinn would be caught by Tom Prest off the bowling of Kyle Abbott without scoring – Nathan Gilchrist would finish 6 not out as the hosts went from 63/1 to be bowled out for 105.

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Prest would be caught behind by Robinson off the bowling of Quinn for 2 before Nick Gubbins would be bowled by the same bowler for the same score. Tom Alsop would be caught by Finch off the bowling of Podmore for 37 before Joe Weatherley would be the final wicket to fall, caught Muyeye off the same bowler, for 25 with Holland and Fuller finishing 30 and 8 not out respectively.

Kent host Gloucestershire on Thursday while Hampshire travel to Durham at the same time.

KEN 105 (25.5 overs), HAM 107/4 (18.2 overs)

Lancashire vs Worcestershire (Group A)

There was no play due to rain.

Lancashire host Essex on Thursday while Worcestershire host Durham tomorrow.

Derbyshire vs Yorkshire (Group B)

Yorkshire would win the toss and elect to field first in a game that would be reduced to 10 overs per side.

Mitchell Wagstaff would be bowled by George Hill for 22 before Tom Wood would be the first of 3 wickets to fall in the 6th over, caught by Will Fraine off the bowling of Josh Sullivan for 9. Brooke Guest would be stumped by Harry Duke for a golden duck before Alex Hughes would be caught by Matthew Revis for another golden duck.

Opener Harry Came would be caught by Gary Ballance off Sullivan’s bowling for 28 off 18 balls before Mattie McKiernan would be caught by Fraine off the bowling of Matthew Waite for 6 – Fynn Hudson-Prentice (38 off 17 balls) and Anuj Dal (0) were the not out batsmen.

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Revis would be caught by McKiernan off the bowling of Ravi Rampaul for 8 before William Luxton would be the other wicket to fall, caught by Dal off the bowling of George Scrimshaw, for 20 – Fraine (69 off 32 balls) and Ballance (9) seeing the visitors home with 8 balls to spare.

Derbyshire host Surrey on Thursday while Yorkshire travel to Glamorgan at the same time.

DER 108/6 (10 overs), YOR 109/2 (8.4 overs)

Glamorgan vs Nottinghamshire (Group B)

Glamorgan won the toss and elected to field first in a game that was reduced to 23 overs per side.

Sol Budinger would be caught behind by Tom Cullen off the bowling of Michael Hogan for 3 before Ben Slater would be LBW to Lukas Carey for 9. Matthew Montgomery would be caught by Cullen off the bowling of James Weighell for 1 before Lyndon James was forced to retire hurt due to concussion for 3 with Liam Patterson-White the fourth wicket to fall, caught by Steven Reingold off the bowling of Joe Cooke for 1.

Peter Trego would be bowled by Andrew Salter for 8 before Dane Schadendorf would be caught by Weighell off the bowling of Cooke for 2 – the visitors sitting at 31/6 at this stage. Brett Hutton would be bowled by Hogan for 3 before Fateh Singh would be caught by Hogan off the bowling of Carey for 21. Sam King (the concussion substitute for James) would be caught by Kiran Carlson off the bowling of Weighell for 11 before Dane Paterson would be the final wicket to fall, caught by Salter off the same bowler, for 7.

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Hamish Rutherford would be caught & bowled by Paterson for 8 before Reingold would be the other wicket to fall, LBW to Patterson-White, for 13 with Nick Selman and Carlson finishing 37 and 4 not out respectively.

Glamorgan travel to Leicestershire tomorrow while Surrey host Somerset at the same time.

NOT 73 (20.2 overs), GLA 76/2 (16 overs)

Northamptonshire vs Somerset (Group B)

Somerset would win the toss and elect to field first in a game that was reduced to 46 overs per side.

Emilio Gay would be caught behind by Steven Davies off the bowling of Sonny Baker for 12 with Ricardo Vasconcelos and Ben Curran would put on 129 runs for the second-wicket partnership before the former would be bowled by Lewis Goldsworthy for 88. Rob Keogh would be bowled by Marchant de Lange for 35 off 30 balls before Saif Zaib would be bowled by Baker for 29 off 17 balls.

Curran would be bowled by Josh Davey for 94 before Tom Taylor would be the final wicket to fall, caught by Goldsworthy off the bowling of Davey, for 17 – Luke Procter and James Sales finishing with 18 and 1 respectively.

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Davies would be caught by Zaib off the bowling of Graeme White for 5 before Eddie Byrom would be caught by Keogh off the bowling of Taylor for 18. Sam Young would be LBW to Simon Kerrigan for 24 before James Hildreth would be caught by Curran off the bowling of Procter for 20.

George Bartlett would be LBW later in the same over without scoring with Goldsworthy and Davey would put on 110 runs for the sixth-wicket before the former would hit his wicket off Ben Sanderson’s bowling for 80 off 61 balls. Davey would be caught & bowled by Kerrigan for a run-a-ball 53 before de Lange would be bowled by Procter for 2. Kerrigan would take the final 2 wickets (both bowled), firstly Kasey Alridge for 6 then Baker later in the same over without scoring.

Northamptonshire travel to Nottinghamshire tomorrow while Somerset travel to Leicestershire at the same time.

NOR 305/6 (46 overs), SOM 223 (40.5 overs)

Today’s Fixtures

15:00 – Birmingham Phoenix vs Welsh Fire (W 100)
18:30 – Birmingham Phoenix vs Welsh Fire (M 100)

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