The Vitality Blast T20 tournament in England has ended. Hampshire Hawks and Lancashire Lightning played in the final of the tournament. The match went on to be a nail-biter and lasted till the last ball to decide the result of the match. Both teams played brilliantly to give a thriller to the fans in the final of the league.
Although, apart from the other actions, the match witnessed a high voltage drama on the last ball when Lancashire required three runs from the last ball. Nathan Ellis was there to bowl the last over for the Hampshire. After the last ball wicket, Hampshire started celebrating, stumps were uprooted, and fireworks started but it was not finished yet.
Clean Bowled, celebration, fireworks, and a no-ball, everything happened in Vitality Blast T20 Final
It was the time when the last ball of the match was remaining and Lancashire required three runs to win on one ball. Richard Gleeson was on the strike. Nathan Ellis went on to scalp the wicket of Gleeson with a bowled. Following the fall of the wicket, hawks players started celebrating as they thought that the trophy is now theirs, they uprooted the stumps, and fireworks started but no, something else was waiting to happen.
Umpire signaled a no-ball. So, it came to the two runs required from one ball for Lancashire to win the match. This time, Ellis somehow managed to beat Gleeson on the last and a fair bowl of the over. With that miss from Gleeson, the Hawks claimed their third title in this league. They have now equaled Leicestershire for winning the most T20 trophies in England.
Speaking of the last-ball drama, if the match would’ve ended in a tie then it was the Lancashire who might be the title winners of Vitality Blast T20.
Earlier, in the first innings, Matt Parkinson scalped four wickets by conceding 26 runs for Lancashire. But the magnificent of 62 runs off just 36 balls from Ben McDermott proved more vital for Hampshire and they scored 152 runs for the loss of eight wickets in the allotted 20 overs.
Later on, while chasing the target, Lancashire was looking in a comfortable position when they had lost only one wicket on the score 72 runs. But the spin pair Liam Dawson and Mason Crane brought Hampshire back into the match. Dawson scalped two wickets whereas Mason took one scalp to take control in the match. Finally, Lancashire fell two runs short of the target posted by Hampshire and lost the final by only one run.