Neser helps Glamorgan to Blast victory

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A career-best bowling performance from Michael Neser has helped Glamorgan to a comfortable six-wicket victory over Essex Eagles in the Vitality Blast.

The Australian took 3-13 in front of a lively Cardiff crowd to restrict Essex to 9-113, with fellow opening bowler Michael Hogan (3-21) also among the wickets.

The two combined to have Essex 3-14 inside the opening PowerPlay after six overs and the visitors never recovered.

With just 114 runs needed Glamorgan reached their victory target with 19 balls and six wickets to spare, with Sam Northeast top-scoring with 44 and Marnus Labuschagne contributing 18.

Neser was also involved in the run out of compatriot Daniel Sams, who was dismissed for six.

Sam Curran shone with bat and ball as Surrey maintained their winning start with an emphatic victory over winless Hampshire.

Curran top-scored with a rapid 69 from 38 balls and then took 5-30 as Surrey powered to a 72-run win at The Oval to claim top spot in the South Group.

Curran put on 131 for the second wicket with Will Jacks (64 from 36 balls) and Sunil Narine (52 from 23) weighed in with another half-century as the hosts ran up 4-228.

James Fuller made 43 in the Hawks' response but became one of Curran's five victims as his side were bowled out for 156.

Leicestershire ended Birmingham's winning start in the North Group as they held on for a tense five-run win at Edgbaston.

The Foxes posted a moderate 9-152 but then bowled and fielded superbly to keep the home side off top spot.

Scott Steel led the way for the visitors with a T20-best 72, but only Ben Mike (34) offered much support in the face of fine bowling from spinners Jake Lintott (4-27) and Danny Briggs (2-25).

Alex Davies also became the first Bears wicketkeeper to claim five victims in a T20 innings with three catches and two stumpings.

Davies then hit an enterprising 43 from 31 balls in the Bears' reply, but the Foxes took regular wickets and restricted them to 9-147.

Carlos Brathwaite was left unbeaten on 28, while Rehnan Ahmed and Mike took three wickets apiece.

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