Returning Howell keeps Gloucestershire top

Nottinghamshire four points clear at the top of the North Group after beating rock-bottom Derbyshire at Trent Bridge

Last Updated: 13/09/20 6:54pm

Benny Howell's 18-ball 49 not out helped Gloucestershire beat Somerset in the Vitality Blast
Benny Howell’s 18-ball 49 not out helped Gloucestershire beat Somerset in the Vitality Blast

Benny Howell marked his first appearance in more than a year with a belligerent 49 not out from 18 balls as Gloucestershire overcame Somerset by 11 runs to bolster their position at the top of the Central Group in the Vitality Blast.

Hamstring and calf injuries have sidelined Howell but the all-rounder made up for lost time after coming to the crease with Gloucestershire on 135-6 in the 15th over, clubbing three fours and five sixes.

Gloucestershire were able to post a formidable 203-6 and Somerset were only able to respond with 192-8 at Taunton.

Somerset vs Gloucs scorecard

Will Smeed's 82 came in vain for Somerset
Will Smeed’s 82 came in vain for Somerset

Howell came in for some tap as he conceded 58 in four overs but, despite 18-year-old Will Smeed’s audacious 82 in only his second senior appearance, Gloucestershire were able to clinch a fifth successive win.

The result moved Gloucestershire two points clear in the table after Northamptonshire were bundled out for 98 in a seven-wicket defeat to Glamorgan at Cardiff. Glamorgan vs Northants scorecard

Slow left-armer Prem Sisodiya and Dutch seamer Timm van der Gugten caused the damage, taking three wickets apiece as the Steelbacks lost wickets at regular intervals and were all out after 17.2 overs.

Openers David Lloyd (40) and Nick Selman (28) put on 68 to break the back of the chase as Glamorgan got over the line with four overs to spare.

Birmingham Bears sit alongside Northants, two points behind Gloucestershire, after Sam Hain’s unbeaten 73 from 44 balls helped to see off Worcestershire by six wickets at New Road.

Sam Hain hit a half-century as Birmingham Bears recorded a third straight victory
Sam Hain hit a half-century as Birmingham Bears recorded a third straight victory

Worcs vs Birmingham scorecard

Jake Libby top-scored with 63 while cameos from Ben Cox (46no) and Hamish Rutherford (41) helped the Rapids, last year’s finalists, to 178-4 but the total was overhauled with five balls to spare.

Despite Dom Sibley’s first-ball duck, Adam Hose’s 43 from 25 deliveries established a platform for Hain, who thumped five fours and cleared the rope three times as the Bears clinched their third successive win.

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Nottinghamshire moved four points clear at the top of the North Group after beating rock-bottom Derbyshire by 13 runs at Trent Bridge.

Derbyshire vs Notts scorecard

Alex Hales struck 49 from 32 balls which was followed by Joe Clarke’s 57 from 35 deliveries, while cameos from Tom Moores (31) and captain Dan Christian (27) lifted the Outlaws to 198-6.

Wayne Madsen struck 68 in the reply but Derbyshire were always playing catch-up and after Jake Ball conceded just five in the penultimate over, the Falcons were unable to chase down 23 from the final six balls.

Matty Potts took format-best figures of 3-19 before Ben Raine’s 50 not out helped Durham defeat Leicestershire by six wickets at Emirates Riverside.

Durham vs Leics scorecard

Leicestershire were restricted to 130-9 as Potts took centre stage while Raine anchored Durham’s chase, ending proceedings after 15.2 overs with a meaty six.

Watch more Vitality Blast action on Monday as Roses rivals Yorkshire and Lancashire meet at Emerald Headingley. Our coverage begins at 6.30pm on Sky Sports Cricket.

Source : Sky Sports