Fixture Type: t20
Venue: New Road
Fixture Date: Friday 28 June
Start Time: 5:30pm
Results: Lost by 58 runs D/L
WORCESTERSHIRE v GLAMORGAN REPORT
Worcestershire began their Friends Life T20 campaign with a 58 run defeat, under the Duckworth-Lewis method, against Glamorgan at New Road.
Under overcast skies Worcestershire won the toss and elected to field first but the Glamorgan pair of Jim Allenby and Mark Wallace wasted no time in hitting 5 fours and 2 sixes in their opening partnership of 42 before Wallace (33) chipped straight to Daryl Mitchell at short mid-wicket off Jack Shantry (1-26 off 3 overs) in the 4th over.
Then the players went off for rain just before 5:55pm, with the score on 61-1 off 6 overs, and then after a delay of 80 minutes play resumed, with the match reduced to 14 overs per side, and Glamorgan maintained their aggression as Allenby and Chris Cooke added a further 34 runs before Allenby, attempting a quick single, was run out by Shantry for 37, in the 9th over.
Cooke then hit 2 fours and 2 sixes off Chris Russell, as he brought up his 50 off just 23 balls, but his cameo ended on 57 off 27 balls, with 5 fours and 4 sixes, when he was bowled by Andre Russell, with the score on 135-3 after 12 overs, and the Jamaican debutant took his second wicket (2-38 off 3 overs) in the last over when Murray Goodwin (6) was caught by Mitchell at cover as Glamorgan ended up on 159-4 off 14 their 14 overs, with Marcus North unbeaten on 21.
Worcestershire’s revised target was 161 off 14 overs and after Tilan Samaraweera struck 3 fours in the first over and a further 2 fours in the third over the home side had raced along to 36-0 in the 4th over.
But the introduction of Graham Wagg paid dividends for the visitors as, in successive balls, he had Moeen Ali (9) caught by Cooke at cover and Samaraweera (26) caught by Dean Cosker at backward point. Then, 2 balls later, Gareth Andrew (0) was bowled to become Wagg’s third victim of the over and when A Russell (1) was caught by Cosker at deep mid-wicket off Nathan McCullum Worcestershire had slumped to 37-4 in the space of just six balls.
The wickets continued to fall as Alexei Kervezee (4) was stumped by Mark Wallace off Cosker who then trapped Aneesh Kapil (0) lbw, with his next delivery, and it soon became 54-7 off 7 overs as Mitchell (10) returned the ball to McCullum.
In the gathering gloom Ben Cox gave the home crowd something to cheer by striking Cosker over long-on for six but Wagg returned to dismiss both Shaaiq Choudhry (10) and Cox (27), both caught in the deep, as he ended up with figures of 5-14, the best ever figures by a Glamorgan player in T20 cricket, and although Shantry (9*) and C Russell (3*) both remained at the crease Worcestershire could only muster 102-9 off their 14 overs.
WORCESTERSHIRE (102-9) LOST TO GLAMORGAN (159-4) BY 58 RUNS (D/L)
Worcestershire Team: Moeen Ali, Tilan Samaraweera, Gareth Andrew, Alexei Kervezee, Andre Russell, Daryl Mitchell*, Aneesh Kapil, Ben Cox+, Shaaiq Choudhry, Jack Shantry, Chris Russell