Surrey beat Middlesex in the first round of the Blast.


Surrey beat Middlesex in the first round of the Blast.

Surrey beat Middlesex by 54 runs in the London derby at Lord’s to start their Vitality Blast campaign. Will Jacks hit 70 off 24 balls.

Surrey raced to 76 without loss in the powerplay as Jacks opened the innings with a 15-ball fifty.

Surrey reached 223 for seven from their 20 overs thanks to contributions from Jason Roy (45), Jamie Overton (27) and Tom Curran (25) among others.

In response, Paul Stirling made 58 before being run out, but Middlesex were always behind the rate after that, and it was all over when Eoin Morgan holed out for 32.

Lancashire made it two wins out of two with a 16-run triumph over Leicestershire, with to opener Finn Allen’s unbeaten 73 off 51 balls.

Despite Scott Steel’s 54 not out, Allen hammered his way through his side’s innings of 172 for eight, which proved too much for the visitors, who concluded on 156 for five.

Leicestershire’s Gavin Griffths had a career-best four for 24, but Lancashire’s disciplined bowling kept the Foxes in check, and not even Rishi Patel’s 32 from 17 balls down the order could change the tide.

Yorkshire strolled to a 145 target and an opening-night triumph over Birmingham Bears at Emerald Headingley, with Jonny Bairstow top-scoring with 34 from 22 balls.

The Vikings won by six wickets to start their North Group campaign on a high note, with Bairstow and England teammate Dawid Malan sharing 58 for the second wicket.

They were dismissed in the seventh and ninth overs – Malan for 23 – as the total sank to 69 for three, but Tom Kohler-Cadmore, Harry Brook, and Will Fraine saw their side through with nine balls to spare.

As the Bears stumbled to 144 for eight, Jordan Thompson equaled a career-high three for 23 from four overs of seam, with Sam Hain’s 59 off 41 holding things together.

Despite Marnus Labuschagne’s stunning unbeaten 93 off 56 balls, Gloucestershire won by four runs over Glamorgan to begin their season.

Glenn Phillips’ 44 and Benny’s 30. (This is a brief piece.)


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