Natwest T20 Blast wrap - Chris Nash ton gives Sussex big win


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Sussex vs Somerset

Chris Nash's blistering maiden Twenty20 ton lit up Hove on Wednesday (June 1) in the Natwest T20 Blast as Sussex beat Somerset comfortably by 48 runs. Nash put on 156 for the first wicket with Luke Wright, who scored a 39-ball 83 to help the hosts post 222 on the board. Wright was dismissed in the 14th over which was immediately followed by Ross Taylor's dismissal in the next.

Nash then took charge of the innings and brought up his century in the 19th over off 59 deliveries and remained unbeaten on 112. Somerset, in reply, got off to a worse start by losing their openers cheaply. Chris Gayle failed to entertain the crowd and was bowled by an inch-perfect yorker from Tymal Mills.

Sri Lankan veteran Mahela Jayawardene steadied the ship with an half-century but the asking rate crept up in the end as Somerset fell well short despite Roelof van der Merwe striking a 29-ball 59.

Brief scores: Sussex 222 for 3 in 20 overs (Chris Nash 112*, Luke Wright 83, Jamie Overton 2-45) beat Somerset 174 in 19.4 overs (Roelof van der Merwe 59, Mahela Jayawardene 51, David Wiese 4-38) by 48 runs

Glamorgan vs Essex

Essex steamrolled past Glamorgan by seven wickets with 22 balls to spare at Sophia Gardens in Cardiff. Dale Steyn failed to make an impact for the hosts in his first game as he was hit for 32 runs off his three overs in the chase. He was plundered by Jesse Ryder in particular as the Kiwi batsman hit a 23-ball 42 and put on 55 for the second wicket with Tom Westley, who made 41.

In the end, Ryan ten Doeschate hit an unbeaten 17-ball 30 to ease his side past the finishing line. Earlier, Glamorgan struggled to post 140 on the board that was aided by Aneurin Donald's half-century. After his side lost the openers cheaply, Aneurin put on 56 for the third wicket with Colin Ingram and then 36 for the fourth wicket with Chris Cooke.

Ravi Bopara was the pick of the bowlers as he picked up two wickets and conceded only 18 off his four overs. Wahab Riaz had a rare off day as he conceded 44 from his quota of four overs but it didn't have a bearing on the result.

Brief scores: Glamorgan 140 for 6 in 20 overs (Aneurin Donald 51, Colin Ingram 26, Ravi Bopara 2-18) lost to Essex 143 for 3 in 16.2 overs (Jesse Ryder 42, Tom Westley 41, Dean Cosker 1-22) by seven wickets

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Durham vs Nottinghamshire

Paul Collingwood rolled back the years to inspire Durham's comeback against Nottinghamshire with an all-round effort in Chester-le-Street. He first scored an unbeaten 44 off just 22 balls to propel his side to 178 for 7 after they were struggling at 111 for 6 at one stage.

The 40-year-old then gave away just 22 runs off his four overs during the chase and picked up Sam Wood's wicket as the Notts were dismissed for 112 in the end. Paul Coughlin and Barry McCarthy picked up three wickets each for Durham.

Earlier, the hosts kept losing wickets at regular wickets with Samit Patel wrecking the middle order with three wickets conceding just 14 runs. Collingwood, who came to bat in the 15th over hit a couple of sixes in the 19th to provide his side the much-needed impetus.

Brief scores: Durham 178 for 7 in 20 overs (Paul Collingwood 44*, Michael Richardson 28, Samit Patel 3-14) beat Nottinghamshire 112 in 19.2 overs (Riki Wessels 38, Paul Coughlin 3-25, Barry McCarthy 3-27) by 66 runs