Vitality T20 Blast 2019 Highlights

Vitality Blast T20 Highlights

It was a fitting end to what could be the last season of the Vitality T20 Blast as we have known it. The tournament that started as Twenty20 Cup back in 2003 and introduced cricket’s most exciting format is likely to lose its sheen in terms of popularity with The Hundred, a 100 ball tournament likely to take its place in the next season. The 132 games that had preceded the finals had seen exciting cricket but the best was kept for the grand finale where reigning champions Worcestershire Rapids played against the Essex Eagles.

The Rapids could make only 145 runs in the game batting first due to a disciplined bowling display from the Eagles. The defending champions returned the favors while bowling to take it to the last ball of the game where Essex Eagles held their nerves to win it. The Eagles who started the season on a sour note did well, in the end, winning their last 7 games to first make it to the quarterfinal and then win their first title in this tournament’s history. Let us now look at some of the highlights of the 2019 season and also the top performers.

Most Runs

Somerset’s Babar Azam was the leading run-scorer in the season with 578 runs in 13 innings at an average of 52.54. He was followed by county teammate Tom Banton who made 549 runs in as many innings with an average of 42.23. In the third place was Dawid Malam of Middlesex with 490 runs in 14 innings at an average 40.83.

Most Wickets

Derbyshire Falcon’s Ravi Rampaul finished the season as the highest wicket-taker with 23 scalps at an average of 15.73 in 14 games. He was followed by Harry Gurney of Notts Outlaws who finished with 22 wickets in 12 games at an average of 18.00. Lancashire Lightning’s Matt Parkinson finished third with 21 wickets in 12 games at an average of 14.61.

Highest Individual Score

Eight hundred were scored during the season and Essex Eagles’ Cameron Delport hit the highest score of 129 runs against Surrey. Worcestershire Rapids’ skipper Moeen Ali hit an unbeaten 121 against Sussex Sharks. Middlesex’s Dawid Malam hit the third-highest score of 117 runs in the season against Surrey.

Best Bowling Performance

Colin Ackermann of Leicestershire Foxes registered the best figures of the season with 7 for 18 against Birmingham Bears which is also a new record in T20s. This was followed by Yorkshire Vikings’ Jack Shutt’s 5 for 11 against Durham Jets. Middlesex’s Steven Finn bagged 5 wickets for 16 runs against Surrey to finish third in the season.

Highest Team Score

Yorkshire Vikings registered the highest team score of 255 for 2 against Leicestershire Foxes. They were followed by Middlesex who made 227 for 4 against Somerset. Essex Eagles made the third highest total of the season when they made 226 for 4 against Surrey.

Most Catches

Sussex Sharks’ Phillip Salt was the most successful fielder in the season and grabbed 13 catches in 14 games. Essex Eagles’ Simon Harmer, Gloucestershire’s Andrew Tye and Wayne Madsen of Derbyshire Foxes grabbed 12 catches each during the season.

Most Wicket-Keeping Dismissals

Worcestershire Rapids’ Ben Cox was the most successful wicketkeeper in the season with 11 dismissals (8c, 3st) to his credit. Chris Cooke of Glamorgan had 10 (9c, 1st) dismissals to his name. Gloucestershire’s James Bracey also had 10 dismissals (7c, 3st) to his game.

In the end the 2019 season of the Vitality T20 Blast has been the most successful one as it has drawn some of the leading international stars to the fold. With The Hundred slated to replace this as England’s premier short format tournament from the next season it was a fitting end to a tournament that laid the foundations of the modern T20 cricket. At Betting Top 10 we are proud to have covered all the games of the season and got most of our predictions right.