Last week saw a lot of exciting cricket action with the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup and the Vitality Blast running concurrently. Fans witnessed several thrilling performances from key players in both tournaments. Chris Jordan stood out for England in the World Cup, while James Vince, Jordan Cox, and Richard Gleeson delivered remarkable performances in the Vitality Blast.

Chris Jordan: 4/10 vs USA

Chris Jordan delivered an outstanding performance against the USA in a must-win game for England in the T20 World Cup. Playing in Barbados, his birthplace, Jordan's performance was nothing short of brilliant. England bowled first, and the USA were at 115 for 6 when Jordan came on to bowl the 19th over of the innings. He immediately made an impact by dismissing Corey Anderson with the first ball. Jordan then went on to dismiss Ali Khan, Nosthush Kenjige, and Saurabh Netravalkar, completing a hat-trick and finishing with four wickets in a single over. This remarkable feat made him the first England bowler to take a hat-trick in T20Is.

James Vince: 53 vs Sussex

James Vince had a solid performance for Hampshire in a Vitality Blast match against Sussex. Sussex set a challenging target of 184 runs in their 20 overs. In response, Vince got Hampshire off to a strong start, scoring 53 runs off just 37 deliveries, which included five fours. Despite his valiant effort, Vince's innings went in vain as Hampshire narrowly missed the target, falling short by just 7 runs. 

Jordan Cox: 26 vs Kent and 45 vs Hampshire

Jordan Cox continued to impress for Essex in the Vitality Blast. In their game against Kent, Essex needed 157 runs to win in their 20 overs. After a solid start by Michael Pepper, who scored 76 runs, Cox came in and played a crucial role. He smashed 26 runs off just 8 deliveries, ensuring Essex chased the total down comfortably. Cox's ability to score quickly and efficiently was on full display. He was equally brilliant in the match against Hampshire, where he scored 45 runs off just 25 deliveries. This performance was instrumental in helping Essex chase down a target of 170 runs. 

Richard Gleeson: 2/2 vs Northamptonshire

Richard Gleeson showcased why he is considered such a valuable bowler in the shortest format of the game during the Vitality Blast match against Northamptonshire. Birmingham had set a massive total of 219 runs in their 20 overs, and Gleeson played a key role in defending that total. In his brief but impactful spell, he took 2 wickets in just 1.1 overs, conceding only 2 runs. Unfortunately, he had to leave the field due to an injury and could not complete his quota of overs. Despite this setback, his early breakthroughs were crucial in ensuring Birmingham's victory.