The rain has been having a blast, turning what should be explosive T20 cricket into a damp squib. Even so, Phoenix family members have been stepping up to the plate in the opening rounds of the Vitality Blast.
Joe’s 44 ball 100no for Nottinghamshire guided the Outlaws to victory over Durham. After four matches Nottinghamshire and Lancashire are joint leaders of the North Group.
In two innings Joe has twice hit 60 plus runs. The England Test captain scored 64 vs. Derbyshire and also took 2-7. He followed up with 65 in the match against Nottinghamshire. While Joe missed out on selection for England’s IT20 squad he was recalled for the ODIs against Australia later this month.
In the tied game vs. Kent at Lord’s, Nick Gubbins hit his highest Vitality Blast score. Nick’s 33 ball 53 (7 fours) bettered his previous highest of 46, helping Middlesex to 209 in their 20 overs.
Zak was quickly back in action after scoring 267 in England’s third Test win vs Pakistan. While there was no result, Zak scored 22 vs. Hants, before going on to make a 19 ball 31 in the tied match against Middlesex. In his third game, Zak went on to score 32 in the win over Surrey.
Hampshire’s win over Essex was thanks in part to Mason Crane’s 3-18 off 4 overs.
Derbyshire have not repeated the form shown in the Bob Willis Trophy. While the weather has not been kind, Matt Critchley continues to accumulate runs. Matt made 32 (1 four, 2 sixes) in the 4 run defeat by Lancashire.
George who made his first-class debut earlier in August took his Vitality Blast bow in Yorkshire’s win over Derbyshire taking 2 wickets for 9 runs.
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