Brook reaches 91st and Ferguson takes the first Yorkshire hat-trick in the T20; Carries lowest T20 total as Harrison takes triple wicket maiden after Brathwaite tests positive for COVID; 16-year-old Lenham wins four wickets for Sussex and Cullen lands a hat-trick for Middlesex
Yorkshire’s Harry Brook scored 10 fours and three sixes in his 91st of 50 balls against Lancashire in the Vitality Blast
Harry Brook’s career best undefeated, 91 with 50 balls and a Lockie Ferguson hat-trick, gave Yorkshire a rare Roses Vitality Blast victory over Lancashire that nearly secured qualification for the quarterfinals.
Brook’s average in this season’s Blast stands at a staggering 115.75 in 10 innings after his sixth undefeated effort entertained the 4,000-strong Emerald Headingley crowd, pushing the Vikings to 180-4. Scorecard: Yorkshire vs Lancashire
The Lightning then responded with a 171-8 battle, rebounding from 70-4 to require 20 since the last finish when Rob Jones (61st) and Steven Croft (41) rallied the visitors.
But New Zealand speedy Ferguson claimed three wickets with the last three balls to seal a nine-run success and consign the Lightning to a fifth loss in 11 games.
For Yorkshire, a seventh win in 11 brought them to 15 points, a total widely accepted as the qualifying mark. This was his first victory at Roses Blast since 2017.
Nottinghamshire He continued his assertive defense of the Vitality Blast title as they struck Birmingham for 114 races at Edgbaston. Scorecard: Birmingham vs Nottinghamshire
The Outlaws posted seven wins in 11 games after sidelining a Bears side hit by the loss of off-roader Carlos Brathwaite after a positive COVID test.
They added 177-9 thanks to Samit Patel’s 41, Ben Duckett’s 39 and Alex Hales’ 34 rapids.
The Bears’ response then plunged into disarray at 19-5 and they were eliminated by 63, their lowest T20 total, as Jake Ball took 3-10, Calvin Harrison 3-12, including a triple wicket maiden, and Patel 2-8.
Daryl Mitchell became a record as Worcestershire beat Derbyshire for 14 races at Derby. Scorecard: Derbyshire vs Worcestershire
The 37-year-old became the first Worcestershire player to take 100 T20 wickets to help his team defend 167-6, which was built around Brett D’Oliveira’s 43 and a score of 37 out of 21 balls from Ross Whiteley.
Former England sailor Jade Dernbach won 3-23 on his debut on loan from Surrey but, despite Tom Wood’s 46, Derbyshire collapsed from 123-3 to finish at 153-8.
Leicestershire recorded an eight-wicket victory affected by rain in Durham as the hosts suffered a second straight loss at the Vitality Blast. Scorecard: Durham vs Leicestershire
Durham had logged 115-4 of 15.1 overs before rain interrupted his innings, with the Duckwork-Lewis-Stern calculation setting Leicestershire 88 to win by nine overs.
And Josh Inglis and Colin Ackermann led the visitors to victory with nine balls to spare.
Sixteen-year-old spinner Archie Lenham won 4-26 as Sussex sailed to a 33-race victory over Glamorgan. Scorecard: Glamorgan vs Sussex
Batting first, Sussex starters Luke Wright (77) and Phil Salt (63) shared a position of 144 in the first wicket to propel the visitors to 201-8, a total that was always going to be hard to chase.
So it showed that Glamorgan was out 168 with David Lloyd doing 51. Lenham continued his excellent Blast form to collect the man of the fight award.
A second loss in two days leaves Glamorgan needing a miracle to reach the quarterfinals, while Sussex remains on the qualifying list.
Adam Milne used a hat-trick of the last three balls to achieve a thrilling 11-run victory for Kent Spitfires on Surrey at Canterbury, smothering visitors in the death overs to 180-6, in response to the Spitfires’ 191-4. Scorecard: Kent vs Surrey
Milne took 4-38 and defended 18 in the final over, pitching Ollie Pope on the fourth inning and catching Kyle Jamieson at the long limit with the penultimate ball for a thrilling victory. He then had Laurie Evans recover the last ball of the innings to seal a staggering comeback.
Surrey seemed to be a huge favorite when Will Jacks broke a score of 87 out of 54 balls, but after putting down 92 for the second wicket with Laurie Evans, who finished at 57, the run rate steadily increased.
Kent’s total was based on a strong association between Jordan Cox and Jack Leaning, who hit 61 no-outs and 50 respectively.