Cricket news - Topley, Evans help Surrey overpower a depleted Hampshire

Topley finished with figures of 4 for 20.

Topley finished with figures of 4 for 20.

Surrey vs Hampshire, South Group

A four-fer for Reece Topley and a blitzy 118-run second-wicket stand between Laurie Evans and Will Jacks helped confirm Surrey's top-two finish in the South Group as they pummelled bottom-dwellers Hampshire in convincing fashion. Hampshire were hamstrung by the unavailability of four of their players who had to be put in self-isolation because of coming in contact with a person with covid-19 symptoms as a precautionary measure.

Surrey put James Vince's side in to bat first and Topley set the tone early by cleaning up George Munsey first ball. Six other batsmen finished with single-digit scores as Hampshire just couldn't get partnerships going. No. 4 batsman Ian Holland saved his side the embarrassment of an abysmal surrender with a hard-fought 65 off 51, but even that took Hampshire only as far as 138 for 8. Vince's 27 was the next best score. Felix Organ dismissed Jason Roy in the fourth over, but there were no other inroads as Jacks (56 off 35) and Evans (81 off 46) smashed their way through to the target with 28 balls to spare.

Brief Scores: Hampshire 138/8 in 20 overs (Ian Holland 65; Reece Topley 4-20) lost to Surrey 143/1 in 15.2 overs (Laurie Evans 81*, Will Jacks 56*) by 9 wickets

Essex vs Kent, Canterbury

Essex's two-match winning streak came to an end as they returned to losing ways despite skipper Ryan ten Doeschate's half-century. For most parts of the game, though, they had the upper hand before they were undone by Jack Leaning's brilliance.

Chasing 169 for a win, the equation had reduced to 22 off 11 balls. However, Leaning's assault ensured Kent overhauled the total with two balls to spare, finishing unbeaten on 55. The win allowed Kent to maintain their second spot in the group.

Earlier in the day, electing to bat, Cameron Delport and Tom Westley put on a quickfire half-century stand courtesy the latter's 19-ball 39. Thereafter, Essex lost a few quick wickets before ten Doeschate held the ship with his 34th T20 fifty and guided the team to 168 for 9.

Brief Scores: Essex 168/9 in 20 overs (Ryan ten Doeschate 52, Tom Westley 39; Fred Klaasen 3-36, Imran Qayyum 2-40) lost to Kent 171/6 in 19.4 overs (Jack Leaning 55*, Alex Blake 29; Jack Piom 3-32) by 4 wickets

Sussex vs Middlesex, Hove

George Garton's all-round performance (4-27 & 9-ball 24) stood out in Sussex's 3-wicket win over Middlesex, helping them strengthen their third position on the points table.

Electing to field, Garton's four wickets and Delray Rawlins's triple strike ensured Middlsex struggled to form partnerships and were restricted to 155 for 8. Three batters - Joe Cracknell, Luke Hallman and John Simpson - managed to cross the 30-run mark but failed to register a fifty.

Sussex's chase got off on a good note with Philip Salt and Luke Wright putting on a 70-run stand for the opening wicket in only 7 overs, but Middlesex clawed their way back into the contest with some tidy overs by Hollman and Nathan Sowter. Hallman even picked three wickets in the middle overs to reduce the hosts to 121 for 6 by the 17th over. However, Garton's late assault, which included three sixes and a four helped Sussex cross the line with four balls to spare.

Brief Scores: Middlesex155/8 in 20 overs (John Simpson 46, Joe Cracknell 37; George Garton 4-27, Delray Rawlins 3-21) lost to Sussex 158/7 in 19.2 overs (Philip Salt 56, George Garton 24; Luke Hollman 3-18) by 3 wickets

Lancashire vs Durham, North Group

Durham kept their quarterfinal hopes alive after a crushing win over North Group's second-placed side Lancashire, courtesy an exceptional bowling performance led by Matty Potts. The Durham medium pacer finished with figures of 3 for 8, while Scott Steel too picked three wickets as Lancashire were bundled out for just 83 runs in chase.

Before Potts and Steel could run riot, opener Alex Lees's unbeaten 67 off 60 balls steered Durham past the 150-run mark. For Durham to qualify, they need to win their last league fixture - against Nottinghamshire, who currently sit atop the North Group table without a single defeat to their tally - and for other results to go their way.

Brief Scores: Durham 157/5 in 20 overs (Alex Lees 67*, Farhaan Behardien 26; Luke Wood 2-16) beat Lancashire 83 in 15 overs (Danny Lamb 29*; Matty Potts 3-8, Scott Steel 3-20) by 74 runs

Leicestershire vs Nottinghamshire

A fine unbeaten fifty from Leicestershire skipper Colin Ackermann saw Leicestershire stun table toppers Nottinghamshire at Grace Road in their T20 Blast encounter on Friday. The win meant that the hosts were alive in the quarterfinal race and it also put to an end Nottinghamshire's eight-game unbeaten streak this season.

Opting to bat on a slightly sluggish deck, the Notts were dented early as their top order couldn't muster much but fifties from Tom Moores and Ben Duckett put them on course for a challenging total. However, a flurry of the wickets meant that their finish was as poor as their start to the innings. In reply, Leicestershire also started badly but a rollicking 75-run stand between Ackermann and Aaron Lilley off just 46 balls drove them forward, ensuring that even a mini-collapse thereafter didn't hurt. Ackermann batted through till the end to see his side home in a Player of the Match performance. A controversial moment in the game was the five penalty runs given during the chase as the umpires felt there were attempts of fake fielding from the Notts.

Brief scores:Nottinghamshire 162-7 (Ben Duckett 53, Tom Moores 51, Will Davis 3-38) lost to Leicestershire 163-6 (Colin Ackermann 67*, Steven Mullaney 2-17) by four wickets

Somerset vs Northamptonshire

A comprehensive all-round performance saw Somerset keeping their quarterfinal hopes alive as they registered a comfortable win over Northamptonshire in their T20 Blast fixture. On a slow and dry Taunton surface, Somerset's bowlers mixed their pace well to choke the run flow after losing the toss. Paul Stirling and Joshua Cobb got a steady-looking partnership going but once that was broken, the innings went into a free fall with no momentum at all.

The Northants eventually crawled their way to an under-par total of 140. In reply, Somerset lost Pakistan star Babar Azam early on, and were a bit shakily-placed at 36-2 in the sixth over. But the trio of Stephen Davies, Tom Abell and Tom Lammonby ensured that the target was reached with 12 balls to spare. Lammonby in particular used the long handle to good effect and was awarded Player of the Match for his enterprising knock.

Brief scores: Northamptonshire 140-9 (Joshua Cobb 49, Lewis Goldsworthy 2-21) lost to Somerset 146-4 (Stephen Davies 46, Tom Lammonby 43*) by six wickets

Warwickshire vs Worcestershire, Central Group

Warwickshire strengthened their bid for a spot in the quarterfinal with a 16-run win against Worcestershire at Edgbaston, Birmingham. Sam Hain's 33-ball 61 powered Warwickshire to a total of 179 for 6 before Henry Brookes and Olly Stone led a disciplined effort with the ball to restrict Worcestershire to 163 for 8 as Brett D'Oliveira's 61 went in vain.

Opting to bat, Robert Yates' 20 ball-37 helped Warwickshire add quick runs at the start of the innings. They lost their way a bit, slipping to 70 for 4 before an 80-run stand for the fifth wicket between Hain and Dan Mousley helped them finish with a good total. Hamish Rutherford's 23-ball 45 powered Worcestershire's chase even as wickets fell at the other end. When Rutherford also fell, it was up to D'Oliveira to get them back on track in the chase. However, with 32 needed off the last three overs, Worcestershire were kept in check and they ended up well short of the target.

The win was Warwickshire's fifth in nine games, as they held on to the second spot on the points table with 11 points, with Somerset and Northamptonshire (9 points each) close on their heels. Warwickshire play their last game against Northamptonshire on September 20, while Somerset play against table-toppers Gloucestershire on the same day. Considering their negative run-rate (-0.64) Warwickshire might face a must-win situation in their final game should Somerset, with an NRR of 0.75, emerge victorious.

Brief scores: Warwickshire 179/6 in 20 overs (Sam Hain 61, Dan Mousley 40; Ed Barnard 2-20) beat Worcestershire 163/8 in 20 overs (Brett D'Oliveira 61, Hamish Rutherford 45; Henry Brookes 2-24, Olly Stone 2-30) by 16 runs.

Glamorgan vs Gloucestershire, Central Group

Andy Balbirnie missed out on a century by a solitary run but his knock, and a collective effort with the ball, ensured a comfortable win for Glamorgan. Already knocked out of contention for a quarterfinal berth, Glamorgan handed the table-toppers their second loss of the competition.

Opting to bat, Nicholas Selman fell early but Balbirnie and David Lloyd provided a good platform with their 61-run stand. Balbirnie scored the bulk of the runs in the team's total of 188 for 4 but missed out on a three figure score as he could manage only a single off the last ball of the innings. Chris Dent scored a half-century but his knock went in vain as Glamorgan kept it tight with the ball, restricting Gloucestershire to 171 for 6.

Brief scores: Glamorgan 188/4 in 20 overs (Andy Balbirnie 99*, David Lloyd 41; Tom Smith 1-26) beat Gloucestershire 171/6 in 20 overs (Chris Dent 55, James Bracey 37; Graham Wagg 3-34, Timm van der Gugten 2-33) by 17 runs.