Joe Root hits second straight Vitality Blast fifty for Yorkshire after England T20 snub

Joe Root hit his second straight T20 half-century for Yorkshire on the same day he was left out of England’s T20 squad to face Australia.

Root had struck 64 from 40 balls in Yorkshire’s Vitality Blast win over Derbyshire on Sunday but that was not enough to earn him England selection for the three T20Is against Australia.

The 29-year-old reacted to his international omission by hitting 65 from 43 deliveries for his county in a six-wicket defeat against Nottinghamshire at Trent Bridge on Bank Holiday Monday. Notts vs Yorks scorecard

Root’s innings featured nine fours and propelled the Vikings up to 190 all out – Adam Lyth smashing a 29-ball 53 – but Yorkshire lost seven wickets for 22 runs at the death to fall from 168-3 in the 18th over.

Nottinghamshire subsequently topped that total with four balls to spare as Ben Duckett hammered an unbeaten 86 from 53 deliveries, sealing his team’s win with back-to-back fours off Mat Pillans.

Chris Nash (51) had hit a half-century up top, while Notts captain Dan Christian (21 off 11) and Tom Moores (21no off 14) supported Duckett towards the end.

Notts made it two wins from three – their other game having been rained off – and inflicted a first defeat on Yorkshire.

Elsewhere in the North Group, Leicestershire Foxes picked up their first win and condemned Durham to a third straight defeat with a 30-run victory at Emerald Headingley. Leics vs Durham scorecard

Gareth Delany (68 off 45) and Arron Lilley (69 off 45) profited from dropped catches as they thumped half-centuries after the Foxes – whose first two matches fell victim to the weather – elected to bat in Leeds.

Durham could only muster 147-8 in reply, with Leicestershire spinner Callum Parkinson (3-21) striking three times in his four overs, including a superb caught-and-bowled to remove Brydon Carse.

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In the Central Group, Gloucestershire claimed their first victory and left Worcestershire winless with a 22-run triumph at Blackfinch New Road. Worcs vs Gloucs scorecard

Gloucestershire’s 197-3 was underpinned by Chris Dent’s 60 from 33 balls but Miles Hammond (48 from 38), Ian Cockbain (28 from 17), Ryan Higgins (30no from 17) and Jack Taylor (27no from 17) all chipped in.

Worcestershire seamer Pat Brown – released from England’s white-ball bubble – was smashed for 57 runs from his four overs by a rampant Gloucestershire line-up.

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