Fixture Type: t20
Venue: New Road
Fixture Date: Saturday 27 July
Start Time: 2:40pm
Results: Won by 5 wickets
WORCESTERSHIRE v SOMERSET REPORT
Worcestershire ended a run of three defeats and climbed off the bottom of the Friends Life t20 Midlands, Wales & West group after beating Somerset by five wickets at New Road.
Worcestershire won the toss and elected to field first and they made a good start when Chris Jones returned the ball to Jack Shantry for 1 but then Peter Trego and Craig Kieswetter struck 7 fours and 2 sixes as the visitors went to 61-1 after the first six powerplay overs.
Helped by some erratic fielding from the home side the second wicket partnership had reached 97 when Trego was bowled by Daryl Mitchell for 62 off 31 balls, with 8 fours and 3 sixes, and then after Jos Buttler (15) was bowled, attempting a scoop shot off Andre Russell, with the score on 138, Kieswetter batted on until the penultimate over when he was caught at long on by the debutant Ross Whiteley off Shantry (2-25 off 4 overs) for 80 off 56 balls, with 5 fours and 4 sixes, as Somerset eventually finished on 188-4 off their 20 overs.
As the weather turned overcast, with the possibility of rain, Worcestershire required a good start but in the 3rd over they were reduced to 13-2 as Moeen Ali (7) was bowled by a yorker from Yasir Arafat and Joe Leach (3) was also bowled by Alfonso Thomas.
Mitchell and Alexei Kervezee then quickly advanced the score to 53-2 after the first six powerplay overs but when Mitchell was lbw to George Dockrell for 23 and Kervezee was unlucky to be run out at the non striker’s end, when Russell hit the ball straight back to Trego, for 32 it looked as though Worcestershire would suffer another defeat at 83-4 in the 9th over.
Russell though had other ideas by striking three sixes in his first 10 balls and with a further two sixes off Craig Meschede the Jamaican went to his first t20 half-century for Worcestershire off just 27 balls. Aided by Whiteley, who hit two sixes off Max Waller, the tide was turning towards Worcestershire as the rain threatened to hit New Road.
Their excellent fifth wicket partnership had reached 88 when Whiteley, in the 18th over, was caught at deep midwicket by Jones off Arafat for 43 off 30 balls, with 3 fours and 2 sixes, but Russell struck another six in the same over to leave the home side needing 12 runs off 12 balls.
4 runs were scored in the 19th over and then in the final over, bowled by Meschede, Russell hit two fours to seal an unlikely win for Worcestershire, with Russell unbeaten on 77 off 42 balls, with 4 fours and 6 sixes.
WORCESTERSHIRE (191-5) BEAT SOMERSET (188-4) BY 5 WICKETS
Worcestershire Team: Daryl Mitchell*, Moeen Ali, Alexei Kervezee, Joe Leach, Andre Russell, Ross Whiteley, Ben Cox+, Gareth Andrew, Shaaiq Choudhry, Brett D’Oliveira, Jack Shantry