Surrey wins another Blast game with to a century stand by Laurie Evans and Sam Curran.
Surrey made it two wins from two Vitality Blast games with a brutal seven-wicket thrashing of Somerset at Taunton. Laurie Evans and Sam Curran blitzed a century stand as Surrey made it two wins from two Vitality Blast games.
After losing the toss, the home team scored 187 for six, with Tom Abell leading the way with 69 off 44 balls. Surrey’s attack was led by Gareth Batty, who had one for 26.
In reply, Surrey cruised to 188 for three with four overs to spare, with Evans hitting two sixes and eight fours in his 65, and Curran hitting six maximums and five additional boundaries in his career-best 72 not out.
Somerset suffered an embarrassing setback when their third-wicket partnership produced 104 runs in just 8.5 overs.
Nottinghamshire, the defending champions, were thrashed by a ruthless Birmingham Bears batting effort at Trent Bridge, losing by 18 runs.
After Ed Pollock set the tone with 62 from 34 balls, the visitors surged to 229 for five, their third best T20 total, with Sam Hain and Carlos Brathwaite plundering 84 from the last five overs.
Nottinghamshire were given hope by Ben Duckett’s 51 from 27 balls and Tom Moores’ 38 from 21 balls, but Brathwaite grabbed two for 28 and Jake Lintott two for 30 to restrict the hosts to 211 for nine.
Kent beat Middlesex by 16 runs at Canterbury thanks to a brilliantly-timed combination between Jordan Cox and Jack Leaning.
Despite a hat-trick for Chris Green, who took five for 32, the hosts were struggling at 47 for four before Cox and Leaning both scored 64 to help them recover to 178 for eight.
Luke Hollman responded with a fine 51 off 33 balls, but the visitors lost too many wickets to pose a real danger to the hosts, as they were dismissed for 162 for eight.
Despite Afghan seamer Naveen-ul-Haq getting three for 26 on his home debut for Leicestershire, Matt Critchley hit an unbeaten 80 as Derbyshire won for the first time at Grace Road.
Critchley and Luis Reece, who both scored 51 runs, both hit four sixes, while Gavin Griffths added one more but gave up 26 runs in one over. (This is a brief piece.)