Fixture Type: LV= CC 2
Venue: New Road
Fixture Date: Tuesday 28 May – Friday 31 May
Start Time: 11:00am
Results: Match Drawn
Despite an impressive 78 by Tilan Samaraweera Worcestershire were beaten by 42 runs against the Northamptonshire Steelbacks in the Yorkshire Bank 40 at New Road.
Northamptonshire won the toss and elected to bat and after scoring just 7 runs in the opening 3 overs Rob Newton, who was dropped on 28 by Jack Shantry at backward square-leg off Moeen Ali, and David Sales put on 62 for the first wicket in 14 overs before Sales was caught by Brett D’Oliveira at mid-wicket off Ali for 24.
D’Oliveira then struck in his first over as Newton edged a cut shot and was bowled for 37 and when Kyle Coetzer was bowled by Gareth Andrew for 22 the Steelbacks were 106-3 in the 25th over.
Matthew Spriegel (2) followed in the next over when Ali got the ball to turn past his outside edge and hit the off-stump and then Steven Crook had a let-off on 10 as he hit a full-toss off Shantry straight to Andrew, who dropped a relatively easy chance at short third man.
Despite losing both Alex Wakely, who was bowled by Shantry for 39 and David Willey, caught by Daryl Mitchell off Ali (3-40 off 8 overs) for 2, with the visitors on 164-6 in the 36th over, the dropped catch off Crook was critical as his big hitting led to the Steelbacks scoring 61 runs from the final 5 overs as Northamptonshire ended on 219-6, with Crook not out on 61 off 42 balls, with 7 fours and 2 sixes.
Worcestershire’s reply started brightly as Ali hit a huge six into the ladies’ pavilion but in the 3rd over he was out lbw to Willey for 8, with the score on 14, and then on 29 Alexei Kervezee (6) miscued an attempted cut shot and was caught by Crook in the covers.
Samaraweera and Mitchell steadied the ship as their third wicket partnership reached 53 until Mitchell was trapped lbw by Spriegel for 29, who then caught and bowled Aneesh Kapil (1) in his next over to leave the home side on 98-4 in the 21st over.
Samaraweera went to his 50 off 62 balls as along with Andrew they kept Worcestershire in the hunt, with a fifth wicket partnership of 58, until Andrew was caught at point by Coetzer off Trent Copeland for 21. Then in the next over Andrew Hall got the key wicket of Samaraweera, who was lbw for 78 off 81 balls, with 9 fours, and when Michael Johnson (0) departed in similar fashion, one ball later, the home side were now struggling on 158-7 in the 33rd over.
Worcestershire eventually lost their last 6 wickets for just 21 runs as D’Oliveira (1) was caught and bowled by Willey, Ben Cox (14) was lbw to Spriegel and when Shantry (4) was bowled by Copeland Worcestershire were all out for 177 in the 38th over.