Fixture Type: YB40
Venue: New Road
Fixture Date: Sunday 11 August
Start Time: 1:45pm
Results: Lost by 39 runs
WORCESTERSHIRE v KENT SPITFIRES REPORT
Worcestershire were beaten by 39 runs against the Kent Spitfires in their Yorkshire Bank 40 match at New Road.
Kent won the toss and chose to bat first and Sam Northeast quickly showed why they batted first by hitting Jack Shantry over long-on for six and then, with Rob Key, eight fours were struck during the powerplay overs as the Spitfires, after 8 overs, were 63-0.
Key, who had a let-off when Brett D’Oliveira dropped a difficult return chance, then made the most of it as he reached his 50 off 42 balls and the opening pair went on to their 100 partnership in the 15th over. Northeast moved on to his 50 off 46 balls, with his 4th four, and then Key got to his hundred off 82 balls before he was caught by Ross Whiteley at long-on off Moeen Ali for an excellent 102 off 91 balls, with 14 fours and 1 six, to end an opening wicket stand of 182.
Worcestershire then began to take further wickets as Ali (2-54 off 8 overs) bowled Darren Stevens (2) and D’Oliveira trapped Brendan Nash (11) lbw, with the score on 213-3 in the 32nd over, and then Shantry got the wicket of Northeast, who was caught by Tilan Samaraweera at short third man for 93 off 89 balls, with 6 fours and 1 six.
Charlie Morris, on his List A debut, then got Matt Coles (1) to edge behind to Ben Cox and then Geraint Jones (3) was caught at mid-wicket by the substitute fielder, Joe Leach, off Whiteley but Fabian Cowdrey piled on the runs for Kent, ending on 289-6 off their 40 overs, as he struck the last ball of the innings for six to end on an unbeaten 52 off 30 balls, with 5 fours and 2 sixes.
In reply Ali struck three fours before, in the 4th over, he flicked straight to Coles at deep mid-wicket off Mark Davies for 20 and then in the next over Alexei Kervezee, who had a life when Jones dropped a straightforward catch, was out for 4 when he was caught at deep mid-wicket by Northeast off Coles, with the score on 38-2.
Daryl Mitchell and Samaraweera added 43 for the third wicket until Samaraweera edged behind to Jones off Davies for 22 and then the wickets kept falling as James Tredwell got Tom Fell (5) caught at long-on by Coles and then taking the catch to dismiss Whiteley (3), who got a leading edge, to leave Worcestershire struggling on 103-5 in the 18th over.
Mitchell tried to lead from the front as he went to his 50 off 45 balls and along with Gareth Andrew they put on 54 for the sixth wicket but once Adam Riley got Mitchell lbw for 68 off 66 balls, with 7 fours, and Andrew caught at mid-on by Tredwell for 43 off 34 balls, with 2 fours and 2 sixes, the game was effectively over for the home side at 170-7 in the 28th over.
D’Oliveira (28) and Cox (26) also put on 54 before they were both out to Mitchell Claydon and when Shantry was bowled by Coles for 14 Worcestershire were all out for 250 off 39.5 overs.
WORCESTERSHIRE (250) LOST TO KENT SPITFIRES (289-6) BY 39 RUNS
Worcestershire Team: Moeen Ali, Daryl Mitchell*, Alexei Kervezee, Tilan Samaraweera, Tom Fell, Ross Whiteley, Gareth Andrew, Ben Cox+, Brett D’Oliveira, Jack Shantry, Charlie Morris