Blake's twin sixes sneak Kent past Hampshire in thrilling finish

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T20 BLAST, 2019

Blake hit a match-winning 57 not out.

Blake hit a match-winning 57 not out. © Getty

South Group

Hampshire vs Kent, Southampton

In a close encounter, Kent snuck past Hampshire by two wickets. Chasing 146, Kent were eight down at the end of nineteenth over, needing 16 off the last over. Alex Blake, who finished unbeaten on 57 off 38, sealed the win off the penultimate ball with consecutive sixes off Chris Wood, laying to waste Kyle Abbott’s five-run penultimate over. Earlier, James Vince scored 51 off 35 balls in his typical stylish way, courtesy five boundaries and two sixes, but his side lost way after his caught-and-bowled by Mohammad Nabi in the 14th over, leading to a par total.

Brief Scores: Hampshire 145/5 ion 20 overs (James Vince 51; Hardus Viljoen 2-20, Fred Klaassen 2-27) lost to Kent 146/8 in 19.5 overs (Alex Blake 57*; Kyle Abbott 3-22) by 2 wickets.

North Group

Lancashire vs Durham, Manchester

In a one-sided encounter, Durham were rolled over for 117 in 16.4 overs while chasing 190, thanks to Matthew Parkinson’s three wickets that was complemented well by two apiece by Richard Gleeson and Danny Lamb. Durham kept losing wickets at regular intervals, trying to force the chase and only Scott Steel, with his 58 off 46, could make a score in excess of 12. Earlier, half-centuries by Steven Croft (65* off 43) and Glenn Maxwell (58 off 33) helped Lancashire put on a massive score, thanks to a 93-run stand for the second wicket after the early departure of Alex Davies.

Brief Scores: Lancashire 189/3 in 20 overs (Steven Croft 65*, Glenn Maxwell 58; Nathan Rimmington 2-30) beat Durham 117 in 16.4 overs (Scott Steel 58; Matthew Parkinson 3-30) by 72 runs.

Warwickshire vs Leicestershire, Birmingham

In what was a comfortable chase, Warwickshire chased down Leicestershire’s 116-run target in only 14.5 overs, with seven wickets to spare. Ashton Agar, batting at No 4, teed off with an unbeaten 41 off 28 balls. Earlier, Fidel Edwards’s searing spell had Leicestershire reeling at 2 for 3 before Harry Dearden and Colin Ackermann put on a 45-run stand. But the damage had been done in the powerplay and Leicestershire could never really recover and could only tally up 115.

Brief Scores: Leicestershire 115/9 in 20 overs (Harry Dearden 27; Fidel Edwards 4-22) lost to Warwickshire 117/3 in 14.5 overs (Ashton Agar 41*, Sam Hain 31) by 7 wickets.

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