Luke Hollman spins Middlesex to hard-fought ten-run win

Middlesex 163 for 6 (Davies 47, Wheal 3-46) beat Hampshire 153 for 8 (Hollman 3-34) by 10 runs Luke Hollman’s wickets and Toby Roland-Jones‘ miserly bowling sent Middlesex to two wins from two in the Vitality Blast – with a 10-run victory over Hampshire Hawks. Legspinner Hollman claimed three for 34 – including two in an over – while fast bowler Roland-Jones returned two for 19 and defended 14 off…

May 27, 2022
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James Bracey's career-best gives Gloucestershire lift-off

Gloucestershire 193 for 7 (Bracey 70, Finn 2-15) beat Sussex 152 for 8 (Rizwan 58, Payne 3-22) by 41 runs James Bracey registered a career-best score as Gloucestershire beat Sussex by 41 runs beneath the Seat Unique Stadium floodlights to give their Vitality Blast campaign lift-off in Bristol. Without a win in any of their previous seven matches in all formats this season, Gloucestershire were indebted to Bracey, who raised…

May 27, 2022
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Ollie Pope lights way for Surrey as Michael Hogan five-for in vain

Surrey 174 for 6 (Pope 62, Hogan 5-18) beat Glamorgan 173 for 5 (Northeast 65, Cooke 46) by four wickets Ollie Pope scored 62 from 46 balls as Surrey began their Vitality Blast campaign in thrilling style by beating Glamorgan by four wickets with one ball to spare in front of a 16,000 crowd at the Kia Oval. Pope was joined by Sam Curran in a fourth-wicket stand of 62…

May 27, 2022
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Chris Lynn 83 powers Northants to victory in high-scoring Durham encounter

Northamptonshire 223 for 4 (Lynn 83, Curran 71) beat Durham 192 (Clark 54, Heldreich 3-22) by 31 runs Chris Lynn put Durham to the sword with a display of brutal power hitting as Northamptonshire racked up an imposing 223 for 4, which proved too much for Durham In his first Vitality Blast home game for the Steelbacks, Lynn took an instant liking to Wantage Road blasting 83 from just 46…

May 27, 2022
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Luke Fletcher fights back for five-for as Notts outmuscle Worcestershire

Nottinghamshire 168 for 6 (Clarke 42, Moores 47) beat Worcestershire 164 for 9 (Munro 66, Fletcher 5-32) by four wickets A half-century from Joe Clarke and 47 by Tom Moores saw Notts Outlaws launch their Vitality Blast campaign with a tight four-wicket win over Worcestershire Rapids at Trent Bridge. Seamer Luke Fletcher took a career-best five for 32 as the Rapids were restricted to 164 for nine in their 20…

May 27, 2022
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Kumar Sangakkara on Jos Buttler: 'I can't remember anyone batting this well in the history of the IPL'

Jos Buttler has racked up 824 runs at a strike rate of 151 so far in IPL 2022, with one innings left to play, but he came into the season with “very low expectations”. He said as much after his bruising, unbeaten, 60-ball 106 on Friday to take Rajasthan Royals into just their second IPL final. “I came into the season with very low expectations, but a lot of energy…

May 27, 2022
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Buttler ton, Prasidh-McCoy show put Royals in IPL final

Rajasthan Royals 161 for 3 (Buttler 106*, Samson 23, Hazlewood 2-23) beat Royal Challengers Bangalore 157 for 8 (Patidar 58, du Plessis 25, Prasidh 3-22, McCoy 3-23) by seven wickets Rajasthan Royals stormed to their first IPL final since winning the title in the inaugural season in 2008, beating Royal Challengers Bangalore by seven wickets in Ahmedabad. The win was set up by their bowlers; Prasidh Krishna and Obed McCoy…

May 27, 2022
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New Zealand bowlers share the spoils to take control against County Select XI

New Zealanders 362 for 9 dec (Henry 65, Mitchell 58, Fletcher 50*) and 0 for 0 lead County Select XI by 115 runs New Zealand’s bowlers enjoyed a successful work-out on the second day of their four-day warm-up against a County Select XI at Chelmsford, dismissing their opponents for 247 inside 75 overs. The wickets were shared among all six front-line bowlers on display, with the day’s best figures belonging…

May 27, 2022
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Brendon McCullum's mission to reinvigorate England's Test team has a global remit at its heart

Despite its grand pretensions, international cricket is a pretty small world, and perhaps no-one could understand this better than a son of Dunedin – the sort of one-horse (and several albatross) town where everyone knows everyone, and nobody’s business stays their own for long. And so, while Brendon McCullum admitted to some mixed feelings as he donned his England training jacket to be paraded before the media at Lord’s on…

May 27, 2022
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Harmanpreet eyes third Women's T20 challenge title, Deepti eyes her first

Who are playing? Harmanpreet Kaur‘s Supernovas, the most successful team in the Women’s T20 Challenge, are eyeing their third title as they take on the tournament’s only side without a trophy, Velocity, who are led by Deepti Sharma. The final begins at 7:30pm at the MCA Stadium in Pune. What’s at stake? A chance to take home silverware that may be up for grabs for the last time, if the…

May 27, 2022
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