Southern Courageous 132 for 1 (Stirling 74*, de Kock 37) beat Welsh Fireplace 129 for 8 (du Plooy 37, Critchley 32*) by 9 wickets
Regardless of a 20-minute break for rain once they batted, Courageous did not grasp round of their chase as they condemned Fireplace to a fifth successive defeat to depart them pointless. Stirling began at breakneck velocity with two boundaries off David Payne and Courageous had been 18 off 10 balls when the groups went off for the rain break.
He then punished George Scrimshaw, hitting him for 4 successive fours when the sport resumed. The guests had 40 on the board from the powerplay and introduced up their 50 off 63 balls. Stirling then hit Payne for successive sixes to achieve his half-century.
The one blot on Courageous’s copybook was the lack of de Kock for 37 with 9 runs left to win. They had been added inside 4 extra balls to see Courageous dwelling with 18 balls to spare.
The house facet had been in search of their first win of the marketing campaign after 4 straight defeats and in addition had revenge in thoughts having been crushed by 9 wickets by the reigning champions of their opening sport.
James Vince gained the toss and had no hesitation in inserting Fireplace on a greasy wicket and with a heavy cloud protecting overhead. Garton opened the bowling and produced one of many best 10-ball spells within the historical past of the competitors, sending again three batters for just one run.
First to go was Jacob Bethell, caught on the wicket off the second ball for a golden duck. Subsequent up was skipper Josh Cobb, who additionally went for a duck, after which Ben Duckett fell to a diving catch behind the wicket by de Kock.
That diminished the Fireplace to 1 for 3 and so they limped to a record-equaling lowest powerplay complete of 17 off 25 balls.
Joe Clarke and David Miller dug in and Miller had the honour of hanging the primary boundary off the nineteenth ball. Miller was the fourth man out when he was clear bowled by James Fuller for 15 and Clarke adopted after a calamitous run-out with Leus du Plooy for 17.
Du Plooy hit three boundaries in his 37 and his compatriot Dwaine Pretorius chipped in with 15 off seven balls. He struck a six to take his facet previous the bottom complete within the match, 87, after which hit a 4 to take his facet previous their very own earlier lowest complete, 91.
Matt Critchley made hay off the final set of 5 from Michael Hogan, launching the final two balls for sixes to take his complete to 32 and carry the Fireplace to 129 for 8. It was nowhere close to sufficient.