Worcestershire Royals v Yorkshire Carnegie Match Report
Yorkshire Carnegie secured a fairly comfortable victory over Worcestershire in their CB40 Group A match at New Road. There were three changes to the side that played the last match against Middlesex at Lord's. Ben Scott and Vikram Solanki returned to the side in the place of Ben Cox and Matt Pardoe. Aneesh Kapil, a 17 year old all rounder from Wolverhampton, also made his senior debut after a series of good performances for the 2nd XI. Damien Wright was due to play but was replaced by Chris Whelan just before the toss was made.
Moeen Ali won the toss for the home side and elected to bat first in dry but very blustery conditions. Worcestershire struggled against the Yorkshire new ball pair of Steven Patterson and Oliver Hannon-Dalby and found themselves in trouble on 30-4 within the first 10 overs of the innings. A 5th wicket stand of 88 between James Cameron and Kapil helped the home side to stage a bit of a recovery but once Kapil was trapped LBW by Adil Rashid for 44 the innings soon lost its way totally. It was a fine debut innings by Kapil who worked well in partnership with Cameron who himself scored his third half century of the competition with 51. With little support from the rest of the batsmen Worcestershire reached a below par total of 155-9 in their 40 over allocation. Patterson finished with figures of 4-28 from 8 overs.
Yorkshire chased down the total with relative ease knowing they did not have to take too many risks in their innings. Andrew Gale scored 56 and completed a 2nd wicket stand of 73 with Adam Lyth which saw the visitors home comfortably with 21 balls to spare with a 7 wicket victory. Lyth should have scored a half century as well but was run out for 49 in going for a second run just before the end. Jack Shantry was economical going for just 20 runs in his 6 overs but with such a low total to defend it was always going to be hard work for the bowlers to make any impact.
Worcestershire (155-9) lost to Yorkshire (156-3) by 7 wickets with 21 balls to spare.