Worcestershire Royals defeated the Welsh Dragons by 19 runs in the Friends Life t20 at New Road.
The Royals were put into bat by the Dragons and lost two early wickets in the first 3 overs when Moeen Ali was caught by Stewart Walters at backward point off Simon Jones for 1 and Vikram Solanki was caught by Marcus North off James Harris at cover for 5, with the score on 11. Phil Hughes and James Cameron then put on 75 for the third wicket until Cameron was caught at long-off by Walters for 31 off 30 balls, with 4 fours. Hughes then brought up his 50 off 39 balls and along with Gareth Andrew their fourth wicket partnership of 63 took the Royals towards a decent score. Andrew departed for 15 when he was caught behind by Mark Wallace off Jones and although Alexei Kervezee went the same way for a first ball duck Hughes ended up unbeaten on a magnificent 87 off 58 balls, with 6 fours and 4 sixes, as the Royals ended on 164-5 off their 20 overs, with Daryl Mitchell the other man at the crease on 13.
The Dragons reply saw Jack Shantry (1-22) taking the first wicket when he clean bowled Wallace for 25, with the score on 29 in the 4th over. Then Andrew (1-41) had Shaun Marsh caught by Kervezee at deep mid-wicket for 10 and Ali (2-27) took the wickets of both James Allenby, caught by Solanki at deep mid-wicket for 8 and Marcus North, stumped by Ben Scott for 10, to leave the Dragons on 55-4 and then, 2 runs later, van Jaarsveld was caught by David Lucas at short third-man off Mitchell (1-30) for 2. Despite a sixth wicket partnership of 62 between Stewart Walters (40*) and Chris Cooke, who was caught by Cameron at long-on off Lucas (1-20) for 32, the Dragons were always behind the required run-rate and they ended up on 145-6 off their 20 overs.
Worcestershire Royals captain Daryl Mitchell spoke to BBC Hereford and Worcester's Graham Hill after their 19 run victory over the Welsh Dragons.
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