Saturday, January 29th, 2022


Worcestershire bowler Pat Brown made an encouraging return to T20 action when playing for Peshawar Zalmi, who won their Pakistan Super League encounter with Quetta Gladiators by five wickets in Karachi.

Brown was the most economical of the Peshawar quick bowlers in sending down his four overs in three different spells for 34 runs.

He had a catch dropped off his bowling and held onto two chances himself in the final over of the Gladiators innings of 190-4.

It was Brown’s first T20 action since playing for Birmingham Phoenix in The Hundred final at Lord’s last summer after missing the Worcestershire Rapids Vitality Blast campaign through injury.

Brown, one of the heroes of the Rapids superb Vitality Blast exploits in 2018 and 2019, came into the attack as first change and conceded just six runs in a powerplay over, which was the fifth of the innings.

Ahsan Ali was fortunate in Brown’s second over when a change of pace deceived him as the delivery missed his off stump by a whisker.

The 23-year-old should also have had a wicket in his third over when Ahsan on 58 was dropped off a slower ball on the side by Imran-ul-Haq.

After finishing his spell, Brown showed his capabilities in the field during the 20th over bowled by Sohail Khan.

He showed a safe pair of hands at deep mid-wicket to account for Iftikhar Ahmed and then moved quickly to his right to dismiss Will Smeed (97) on the boundary edge off the final ball.

Hussain Talat (52) and Shoaib Malik (48 not out) enabled Peshawar Zalmi to reach their target with two balls to spare.

*Worcestershire Academy player, Oliver Davidson, will look to continue his fine form in the ICC Under-19 World Cup for Scotland in Saturday’s encounter with Canada in Tarouba.