Fixture Type: LV= CC 2
Venue: New Road
Fixture Date: Tuesday 24 September – Friday 27 September
Start Time: 10:30am
Results: WON BY 115 RUNS
WORCESTERSHIRE v NORTHAMPTONSHIRE REPORT
Alan Richardson took his 250th first-class wicket for Worcestershire, who were bowled out for 163, on the first day against Northamptonshire at New Road, with the visitors on 103-4 at stumps, trailing by 60 runs.
Worcestershire were put into bat and were immediately in trouble after four balls when David Willey trapped both Daryl Mitchell (0) and Moeen Ali (0) lbw to leave the home side on 0-2.
Tilan Samaraweera (6) and Tom Fell (12) were both bowled, shouldering arms, and when both Ross Whiteley (3) and Ben Cox (1) were lbw Worcestershire had slumped to 64-6.
After lunch Shaaiq Choudhry (6) was the third batsman to be bowled, when not playing a shot, with the score on 76-7, but then Matt Pardoe and Jack Shantry put on 72 for the eighth wicket, as Pardoe went to his 50 off 136 balls, before he was stumped for 51 off 146 balls, with 4 fours.
Shantry took 62 balls to get to his 50 and he was left unbeaten on a career-best 55 off 74 balls, with 8 fours and 1 six, when both Chris Russell (6) and Alan Richardson (0) were dismissed by Andrew Hall, who took 5-30 off 14.4 overs, as Worcestershire were all out for 163 off 57.4 overs.
The visitors began their reply after tea and lost the early wickets of James Middlebrook, caught at first slip by Ali off Shantry for 4, and David Sales, caught by Whiteley at point off Richardson for 12, to leave them on 25-2.
Then Richardson achieved the landmark when Stephen Peters was out lbw for 23 and Ali got the wicket of Alex Wakely, lbw for 35, as Northamptonshire, needing 250 to ensure promotion to Division One, ended the day on 103-4, with Rob Keogh unbeaten on 19 and Hall not out on 10.
Worcestershire had a better second day at New Road as they bowled Northamptonshire out for 202 in their first innings, with the home side at stumps on 155-3, a lead of 116 runs.
The visitors resumed on 103-4, needing 250 to guarantee promotion to Division One, but both Alan Richardson (5-70 off 26 overs) and Moeen Ali (3-30 off 15.2 overs) had other ideas as Northamptonshire struggled to get to 200.
Andrew Hall (20) was caught by Ali at first slip off Richardson, who then trapped both Matthew Spriegel (2), offering no shot, and Steven Crook (8) lbw and when David Willey (12) was bowled by a turning delivery from Ali the visitors were 157-8, trailing by 6 runs.
30 runs were then added before lunch, to give Northamptonshire the lead, and then in the first over after lunch Rob Keogh reached his half-century off 134 balls before the visitors secured a batting bonus point.
Then Keogh was run out from Richardson’s throw at mid-on for 57 off 152 balls, with 6 fours, and David Murphy, playing a reverse sweep, was caught at slip by Daryl Mitchell off Ali to dismiss Northamptonshire for 202 off 74.2 overs.
Trailing by 39 runs the Worcestershire opening pair of Mitchell, who was dropped by both Murphy and Stephen Peters, and Matt Pardoe took the home side into the lead before tea, with the score on 57-0, and then their opening partnership had reached 77 when Mitchell (47) was lbw to James Middlebrook.
Then the Northamptonshire players celebrated on the field when it was confirmed that Essex had failed to obtain the points they needed to overtake them for promotion.
After a second wicket partnership of 40 Pardoe (38) edged behind to Murphy off Spriegel and Tilan Samaraweera (17) was bowled by Mohammad Azharullah before the close as the home side ended the day on 155-3, with Ali unbeaten on 40 and Tom Fell not out on 9.
Worcestershire ended their 2013 season on a high as they defeated Northamptonshire by 115 runs on the third day of their LV= County Championship Division Two match at New Road.
The home side began the day on 155-3, leading by 116 runs, and lost the wicket of Moeen Ali (44) in the fourth over of the day when he edged a sweep to Mohammad Azharullah at short third man off James Middlebrook, with the score on 163-4.
Tom Fell and Ross Whiteley then added 69 for the fifth wicket until Fell (40) was lbw to Middlebrook but Whiteley wasn’t afraid to go for the big shots as he went to his maiden 50 for Worcestershire off 69 balls before Andrew Hall trapped him lbw for 56 off 76 balls, with 7 fours and 2 sixes.
Three balls later Shaaiq Choudhry (0) was also lbw to Hall and then on the stroke of lunch Jack Shantry (10) went the same way to Matthew Spriegel, with Worcestershire on 288-8, leading by 249 runs.
The innings was then quickly wrapped up after lunch as Chris Russell (0) was caught by Alex Wakely at midwicket off Spriegel and Alan Richardson (2) was bowled by Middlebrook to leave the home side all out for 295 off 96 overs, with Ben Cox unbeaten on 34.
Needing 257 runs to win Northamptonshire lost the early wicket of Middlebrook (0) when he edged Richardson (1-18 off 10 overs) behind to Cox, to give Richardson his 69th Championship wicket of the season.
Then the visitors were bamboozled by the spin duo of Ali and Choudhry as Ali claimed the wickets of David Sales, caught by Daryl Mitchell at slip for 17, and Stephen Peters, lbw for 19, with the score on 49-3, and then Choudhry trapped Wakely lbw for 18 as the visitors went to tea on 68-4.
After tea Rob Keogh (8) edged a sweep off Choudhry to Fell at fine leg and when Ali got both Spriegel (1) and Steven Crook (4) lbw the visitors were in freefall at 77-7.
David Willey (26) then struck three sixes before he was bowled by Ali for 26, Hall (27) became the 18th lbw victim of the match off Ali, to equal the Championship record of lbw’s in a match, and then the win was sealed when Azharullah (1) was caught at long-off by Fell off Choudhry as Northamptonshire were bowled out for 141 off 48.2 overs, with Ali taking 6-77 off 20 overs and Choudhry ending up with 3-28 off 12.2 overs.
WORCESTERSHIRE (163 & 295) BEAT NORTHAMPTONSHIRE (202 & 141) BY 115 RUNS
Worcestershire Team: Daryl Mitchell*, Matt Pardoe, Moeen Ali, Tilan Samaraweera, Tom Fell, Ross Whiteley, Ben Cox+, Shaaiq Choudhry, Jack Shantry, Chris Russell, Alan Richardson