Just two games were played on the third day of the T20 Blast 2019. Derbyshire’s skipper Ben Godleman played a wonderful knock and won his team the game against Yorkshire with ease. On the other hand, the game between Kent and Somerset was as one-sided as it gets.
26-year-old Imran Qayyum bowled a brilliant spell and picked up a five-wicket haul. This helped Kent win by a massive margin and thus they made significant gains on the points table. Mark Watt, Oliver Robinson and Jordan Thompson were the other players who performed impressively for the respective winning teams.
Here is how things progressed on the day:
Derbyshire vs Yorkshire – North Group
Yorkshire, after opting to bat first, got off to a great start. However, the side lost some quick wickets and they were brought down to 77/6 within no time. There seemed to be no chance that they’d get a big score. However, Jordan Thompson came to the rescue with a fabulous knock where he scored 50 off only 27 balls. Jonathan Tattersall remained unbeaten on 39 off 31 balls as the team got to 164/8 in 20 overs.
In the chase, skipper Ben Godleman took the onus and remained unbeaten on 70 off 56 balls. The other batsmen around him tried to play aggressive cricket but couldn’t make significant contributions. Yet, the team reached the target with five balls and five wickets to spare.
YORKS: 164/8 in 20 overs (Jordan Thompson 50, Jonathan Tattersall 39*, Mark Watt 4/19)
DERBY: 166/5 in 19.1 overs (Ben Godleman 70*, Leus du Plooy 30, Dominic Bess 2/30)
Result: Derbyshire won by 5 wickets.
Kent vs Somerset – South Group
After Kent opted to bat first in this match, they lost both their openers quite early. At this point in time, Oliver Robinson and Mohammad Nabi came to the rescue. While the former anchor the innings, the Afghan raced his way to 34 off 20 balls. A few other small, yet important contributions from the other batsmen helped the team get to 165/9 in 20 overs.
In the second innings, Imran Qayyum cleared the Somerset top-order with ease. From 54/1, the team was brought down to 74/7 and they could never recover from thereon. Craig Overton and Jamie Overton scored 19 runs each towards the end but the team still fell short of the target by 41 runs as they were bowled out for 124.
KENT: 165/9 in 20 overs (Oliver Robinson 53, Mohammad Nabi 34, Roelof van der Merwe 3/19)
SOM: 124/10 in 18.3 overs (Tom Banton 28, Peter Trego 20, Imran Qayyum 5/21)
Result: Kent won by 41 runs.
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