Cricket news - Zak Crawley's 108* sinks Hampshire

Zak Crawley stroked his maiden T20 ton

Zak Crawley stroked his maiden T20 ton

Hampshire vs Kent, South Group

Zak Crawley scored a sensational century as Kent bounced back from their Sussex defeat to re-establish their lead in the South Group standings. Crawley hit 12 boundaries and two sixes enroute his unbeaten 54-ball 108 as Kent made light work of Hampshire's total of 182 by chasing the target down with 17 balls to spare. Playing second fiddle to Crawley was a steady Joe Denly, who made 38 in a second-wicket stand of 121.

Crawley's sensational effort with the bat robbed Hampshire of a chance to climb out from the trenches of the points table. They put in a strong batting performance themselves getting past 180 after being inserted into bat. James Fuller struck at a SR of 217 in his 23-ball 50 while James Vince (48) and Sam Northeast (37) added solid contributions with the bat.

Brief scores:Hampshire 182/6 in 20 overs (James Fuller 50*, James Vince 48; Joe Denly 1-30) lost to Kent 183/2 in 17.1 overs (Zak Crawley 108*, Joe Denly 38; Chris Wood 1-34) by eight wickets.

Sussex vs Essex, South Group

Daniel Lawrence smashed a 44-ball 81 as defending T20 Blast champs Essex overcame a four-game losing streak to beat favourites Sussex. Riding on Lawrence's belligerence, Essex posted 197 from their 20 overs, a total that proved beyond Sussex's despite another all-round show from Delray Rawlins. The hosts finished 12 runs short of the target following a lower-order collapse.

Lawrence, who struck half a dozen sixes and an equal number of fours in his whirlwind innings, was on hand to strike the most telling blows with the ball as well. He bowled just the one over and removed both of Sussex's top-scorers. Rawlins fell first for a 20-ball 37 and four balls later Aaron Thomason was dismissed three short of his fifty. David Wiese kept the Sussex flying but lack of support from the other end left him with too much to do.

Brief scores: Essex 197/5 in 20 overs (Daniel Lawrence 81, Tom Westley 39; Delray Rawlins 2-18) beat Sussex 185/8 in 20 overs (Aaron Thomason 47, Delray Rawlins 37; Daniel Lawrence 2-3, Samuel Cook 2-25) by 12 runs.

Middlesex vs Surrey

SUrrey rose to the top of the table with a comfortable 30-run win over Middlesex in London after their batsmen made merry. Surrey would've been the happier side at the halfway stage after having been asked to bat. With starts from all batsmen and respective half-centuries from the openers in a 101-run stand, the foundation was set for a solid score. Despite having wickets fall at regular intervals, they reached an imposing 218/5 in their 20 overs. Hashim Amla's 67 came in 49 balls, but Will Jacks was done in for a 30-ball 55.

Stephen Eskinazi gave Middlesex the perfect start in a big chase, but the early wicket plus losing them at regular intervals thereafter meant Eskinazi had to to stay strong at his end. With three fours and six sixes he dominated Surrey's bowlers, who had no idea as to how to get him out. Although Eskinazi did well to hold his end in the end for a 44-ball 77, failing to receive company at the other end resulted in them falling well short, managing to put up just 188/5.

Brief scores: Surrey 218/5 in 20 overs (Will Jacks 55, Hashim Ala 67; Tom Helm 2-44) beat Middlesex 188/5 in 20 overs (Stephen Eskinazi 77, John Simpson 31; Daniel Moriarty 2-37) by 30 runs.

Yorkshire vs Lancashire

Skipper Dane Vilas and Rob Jones's sedate knock helped Lancashire to a comfortable six-wicket win in Leeds after Lancashire polished off a chase of 146 in less than 18 overs. Opting to bat, Yorkshire never got going while setting a target. Their batsmen got starts and departed, failing to convert any of the starts to a substantial score. Adam Lyth top-scored with 36, while Matthew Parkinson and Luke Wood kept hindering their progress with three wickets apiece.

In the chase of 146, Lancashire were reduced to 35 for 2 before skipper staged a recovery with Steven Croft. They gradually brought the chase back on track and while Croft took on the bowlers, Vilas played a rather sedate innings to keep his side in the game. Croft departed in the eighth over, followed by Josh Bohannon in the next, but the skipper was unfazed. He, along with Jones took Lancashire over the line. While Vilas was unbeaaten on 44 off 36, Jones kept him company with an unbeaten 35-ball 38 to take Lancashire to second place in the North Group.

Brief scores: Yorkshire 145/9 in 20 overs (Adam Lyth 36, Will Fraine 24; Luke Wood 3-21, Matthew Parkinson 3-25) lost to Lancashire 148/4 in 17.5 overs (Dane Vilas 44*, Rob Jones 38*) by six wickets.