James Vince Becomes T20 Blast’s Leading Run-Scorer, But Surrey Claims Victory
A New Milestone for James Vince
In a thrilling encounter at the Ageas Bowl, Hampshire captain James Vince became the leading run-scorer in T20 Blast history. Despite his incredible 88 not out off just 62 balls, however, it wasn’t enough to secure victory over Surrey. The 32-year-old batsman surpassed Luke Wright’s tally of 5,026 runs and became only the second player in T20 Blast history to reach an impressive total of 5,000 runs. His record-breaking performance was matched by Surrey opener Will Jacks who blasted eight sixes during his unbeaten innings of 83.
The Turning Point
As both teams battled it out on the pitch with Surrey requiring 56 from the final six overs to win, England all-rounder Will Jacks took charge. In a pivotal moment during Mason Crane’s fifteenth over delivery he hit three consecutive sixes which swung momentum firmly in his team’s favor. Supported by Jamie Smith (30 not out), Jacks continued to guide Surrey towards their target with an unbroken fifth-wicket partnership worth sixty-four runs. They eventually claimed victory with seven balls remaining and secured their third win from four games so far this season. Unfortunately for defending champions Hampshire they have lost two of their first three group games.
Vince Leads The Way For Hampshire
Despite losing against Surrey last night there is no denying that James Vince has had an exceptional start to this year’s tournament. He also scored an unbeaten knock of eighty-eight during Hampshire’s previous fixture against Middlesex where he partnered up with Tom Prest (33) and amassed a score of 156-4. With today’s result added into consideration it still adds up as an excellent start for Vince, whose 5,054 T20 Blast runs have come in just 163 innings so far at an average of 35.34. His record includes thirty-five half-centuries and four hundreds.
The Top Five
As well as surpassing Luke Wright’s record last night against Surrey, the Hampshire captain also leads the way on T20 Blast’s all-time run-scorer list. Kent’s Joe Denly (4,773), Lancashire’s Steven Croft (4,553) and Alex Hales from Notts (4,489) follow closely behind to complete the top five. As we continue throughout this year’s tournament it will be interesting to see if James Vince can maintain his lead while continuing to set new records along the way.