Friday, June 10th, 2022


Brett D’Oliveira struck his second half-century in this summer’s Vitality Blast for Worcestershire Rapids, but his side went down by 39 runs to Derbyshire Falcons at New Road.

D’Oliveira made the most of his good fortune after being dropped twice to make 55 off 43 balls with five boundaries.

It followed on from his superb 71 exactly a week ago in the home victory over Birmingham Bears.

Worcestershire’s attack produced a disciplined performance in restricting the Falcons to 168-7 from 20 overs after being put in to bat by captain Moeen Ali.

Their batters then looked to have laid a solid platform for a victory charge after reaching 92-3 in the 12th over, with Jack Haynes accompanying D’Oliveira in a stand of 65.

But six wickets went down for 27 runs in the space of 34 balls, and the Rapids closed on 129-9.

Worcestershire handed a debut to middle-order batter Kashif Ali who signed a short-term contract this week until the end of the 2022 season after an impressive trial period for the Seconds.

Moeen made the first breakthrough in his second over after taking the new ball.

Luis Reece (11) aimed a blow over mid-wicket and sliced the ball high in the air, with Charlie Morris holding onto the chance at short fine leg.

There was more joy for the England star when Hayden Kerr (2) came down the wicket and sliced the ball straight to Kashif at point.

Ed Barnard came into the attack and struck with his second delivery when Wayne Madsen (16) went for a cut and was caught behind.

Shan Masood yesterday became the fastest to complete 1,000 runs in all formats for Derbyshire – just 16 innings – and he was again in fine form.

The opener completed a 36-ball half-century and added 54 for the fourth wicket with Leus Du Plooy.

But the Worcestershire attack proved hard to get away, and the Falcons lost a flurry of wickets trying to up the scoring rate.

D’Oliveira’s introduction led to Masood’s downfall on 65 when he edged a widish delivery through to Cox.

Bravo followed up his 2-15 from four overs last night with another impressive showing which was rewarded with a wicket in each of his final two overs.

Du Plooy top-edged another catch to Cox, and Alex Hughes was yorked by a trademark Bravo delivery.

Bravo ended with 2-28 and was straight back into the action to hold onto a chance offered by keeper Brooke Guest at long-on in the final over from Pat Brown.

Moeen finished with 4-0-24-2, Brown 3-0-25-1, D’Oliveira 2-0-13-1 and Barnard 4-0-30-1.

When Worcestershire batted, Jake Libby (3) was caught behind in Kerr’s opening over, and Moeen (0) was lbw to a delivery from Mark Watt, which spun sharply.

D’Oliveira cover-drove Watt and Kerr for boundaries but had a let-off on 15 at fine leg off a top edge after George Scrimshaw and Watt collided.

But alert keeping by Guest accounted for Colin Munro (5), who was stumped off Madsen, although the New Zealand batter was surprised to be given out.

Jack Haynes swung the initiative back Worcestershire’s way with 6-4-6-4 from successive deliveries from Scrimshaw.

D’Oliveira had another let-off on 45 when Sam Conners spilled a chance at deep mid-wicket off Mattie McKiernan, but Haynes was bowled off his pads in the same over.

Ed Barnard departed in a similar fashion in Hughes’s final over, and there was a third scalp for McKiernan when Cox pushed forward and was lbw.

D’Oliveira was Worcestershire’s last hope but was ninth out when he picked out deep square leg off Watt.