After losing three pre-season matches due to the weather Worcestershire's pre-season finally got underway with a 2 wicket victory against Glamorgan at the SWALEC Stadium.
The home side won the toss and elected to bat first, under dry but blustery conditions, and it was a blistering start from Glamorgan as the opening pair of Mark Wallace and Stewart Walters put on 82, inside 13 overs, before they both succumbed to Moeen Ali, who trapped Wallace lbw for 49 and then bowled Walters for 29, with the score on 99-2 in the 17th over.
Then on 104 the third wicket fell as Will Bragg obligingly chipped a Daryl Mitchell delivery straight back to the visiting captain but Chris Cooke and Ben Wright then steadied the ship as they took the home side past 150 in the 26th over.
Their fourth wicket partnership ended on 47 when Brett d'Oliveira had Wright lbw for 16 and it soon became 152/5 when Cooke was caught by Alexei Kervezee at deep mid-wicket off Neil Pinner for 47.
Nick James was the sixth wicket to fall for Glamorgan when he was run out for 3 and when Jack Shantry bowled Andrew Salter for 0 off the next delivery the home side had stuttered to 160/7 in the 29th over.
Gareth Rees and Dean Cosker added 35 for the 8th wicket before Cosker was bowled by Graeme Cessford and then Ali took his third wicket, when Will Owen was caught at long-off by D'Oliveira, as Glamorgan eventually ended up on 221-9 off their 40 overs, with Ali taking 3-25 for the visitors.
Mitchell and Ali opened the batting for Worcestershire and their opening partnership had reached 32 when Mitchell (8) was caught in the 5th over and then in the 9th over Kervezee, after striking 4 boundaries, was bowled for 22, with the score on 62-2.
Pinner was the third wicket to fall when he was lbw for 8 but Ali maintained his aggression as he got to his fifty off 41 balls. In the 16th over the visitors had reached 116-3 but then two wickets fell in the space of three balls as Matt Pardoe was lbw for 2 and Gareth Andrew was caught behind for 0.
With the game firmly in the balance Ali and Michael Johnson then tried to get Worcestershire's run-chase back on track and by the 27th over the pair had reached their 50 partnership. Ali then went to a brilliant century off just 81 balls before he was caught at short extra-cover for 103 off 84 balls, with 10 fours and 3 sixes, with the score on 183-6 in the 29th over.
Johnson had gone on to 35 before he was caught in the deep, with the score on 198-7 in the 33rd over, and then Joe Leach scored two successive fours to take Worcestershire closer to victory. Leach was eventually run out for 18, with the score on 220-8, before Cessford struck the winning runs to secure a 2 wicket win for Worcestershire with fourteen balls to spare.
Worcestershire Team: Daryl Mitchell*, Moeen Ali, Alexei Kervezee, Neil Pinner, Matt Pardoe, Gareth Andrew, Michael Johnson+, Brett D'Oliveira, Joe Leach, Graeme Cessford, Jack Shantry, Chris Russell
WORCESTERSHIRE (222-8) BEAT GLAMORGAN (221-9) BY 2 WICKETS
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