Fixture Type: t20
Fixture Date: Sunday 30 June
Start Time: 2:30pm
Results: Lost by 48 runs
GLOUCESTERSHIRE v WORCESTERSHIRE REPORT
Worcestershire lost their second match in the Friends Life t20 campaign by 48 runs against Gloucestershire at Bristol.
Gloucestershire won the toss and chose to bat and the visitors, who were unchanged from their previous match, took two wickets in the opening 5 overs as Jack Shantry had Hamish Marshall (11) caught by Andre Russell, who then got Chris Dent (10) to edge behind to Ben Cox, with the score on 39-2.
But Michael Klinger, against his former side, had other ideas as the Australian took just 27 balls to reach his 50. Shantry took his second wicket (2-41 off 4 overs) when Ian Cockbain (16) was caught by Alexei Kervezee, with the score on 92, and Shaaiq Choudhry’s excellent spell of bowling (1-13 off 4 overs) was rewarded when he trapped Dan Christian (3) lbw, with the home side on 107-4 in the 14th over.
But Klinger accelerated as he struck three sixes off Daryl Mitchell, in the 17th over, which went for 25 runs and with support from the experienced Alex Gidman the pair put on 65 inside 5 overs. Chris Russell was ordered out of the attack, in the penultimate over, by bowling two beamers in the over and when Gareth Andrew completed the over Gidman (18) was bowled, with the total on 172. Klinger then brought up his century off 61 balls in the last over as the home side ended up on 184-5 off their 20 overs, with the captain unbeaten on 108 off 64 balls, with 9 fours and 5 sixes.
Worcestershire’s reply got off to a bad start when Moeen Ali (1), off the fourth ball of the innings, drove straight to the subsititute fielder, Dan Housego, at cover off James Fuller and it soon became 4-2 when Tilan Samaraweera (2) was caught by Benny Howell at slip off Christian. After the six powerplay overs the visitors were 35-2 but the third wicket fell at 39, in the next over, when Mitchell was caught by Fuller at short fine-leg off David Payne.
Andre Russell hit 2 sixes off left-arm spinner Tom Smith before he was lbw for 12 and the innings slipped to 71-6 in the 12th over when Andrew and Kapil were both dismissed for 3.
Despite scores of 39 by Kervezee and 37 from Cox, who hit two sixes towards the end of the innings, Worcestershire were bowled out for 136 off their 20 overs to succumb to their second defeat in the competition.
WORCESTERSHIRE (136) LOST TO GLOUCESTERSHIRE (184-5) BY 48 RUNS
Worcestershire Team: Moeen Ali, Tilan Samaraweera, Gareth Andrew, Alexei Kervezee, Andre Russell, Daryl Mitchell*, Aneesh Kapil, Ben Cox+, Shaaiq Choudhry, Jack Shantry, Chris Russell