Wednesday, August 13th, 2014

Fell And Kervezee Hit Half Centuries As Gloucs Are Set A 230 Target At New Road

Fell And Kervezee Hit Half Centuries As Gloucs Are Set A 230 Target At New Road

Fine innings from Tom Fell and Alexei Kervezee were largely responsible for Worcestershire setting Gloucestershire a 230 target in the Royal London One-Day Cup Group A clash at New Road today.

Fell achieved a career best List A score of 89, beating his previous highest tally of 74 against Lancashire at the weekend on the same ground.

Kervezee's 80 was his highest one-day score since June 20 last year.

But there were a flurry of wickets in the final stages of the innings as Worcestershire were dismissed for 229 in 48.5 overs.

Worcestershire were put into bat and skipper Daryl Mitchell was bowled via the inside edge for two in David Payne's second over.

It became 12-2 in the fourth over when Tom Kohler-Cadmore, who had replaced Richard Oliver as opener, was run out for nine by Jack Taylor's direct hit from mid on after attempting a single off Will Gidman.

Tom Fell and Akexei Kervezee then featured in the major partnership of the innings in adding 159 in 31 overs for the third wicket.

The duo took time to play themselves in on a wicket where it was a neccesity to graft for runs and Worcestershire stood on 26-2 at the end of the mandatory 10 over powerplay.

But they gradually increased the scoring rate with Fell first to his half century off 58 balls with eight fours.

The 100 partnership came up in 20 overs and then a lofted drive for four off Jack Taylor enabled Kervezee to complete his 50 off 66 balls with five boundaries.

Worcestershire opted to take their second powerplay at 135-2 off 30 overs.

Kervezee top edged Craig Miles for six over but was caught behind off an under edge from the next bowler from the same bowler for 80 made off 87 balls with one six and eight fours.

Worcestershire were then 171-3 in the 35th over but struggled to build on their promising position during the final part of their innings.

Ross Whiteley hammered a straight six off Taylor before being caught on the mid wicket boundary off Will Gidman for 12.

Fell's fine innings ended on 89 when he drilled Taylor into the hands of long-off. His knock spanned 112 balls and contained 10 fours.

Gareth Andrew (7) turned Will Gidman around the corner straight to short fine leg and Ben Cox (9) was bowled by Payne after hitting the previous ball over mid wicket for six.

Jack Shantry (2) was bowled after aiming to hit Will Gidman over mid-wicket and Mitchell McClenaghan (1) departed in the same manner.

Gidman finished with 4-41 from 10 overs and then last man Charlie Morris (4) was caught behind off Miles.