Sunday, August 13th, 2023


Worcestershire Rapids remain in strong contention to qualify for the knockout stages of the Metro Bank One-Day Cup despite suffering a nine wicket defeat against local rivals Warwickshire at New Road.

They were bowled out for 108 in 30.2 overs after being put into bat in conditions ideal for bowling.

Warwickshire new ball duo Oliver Hannon-Dalby (5-31) and Ed Barnard (3-14) exploited overcast conditions ideal for seam bowling with five wickets during the initial powerplay.

All-rounder Matthew Waite provided the strongest resistance with the bat in making 44 off 60 balls with five boundaries.

Josh Baker then claimed the one wicket to fall as Warwickshire reached 111-1 in reply.

The Rapids will now look to bounce back with three games in five days to complete their group programme – away to Northamptonshire Steelbacks and Derbyshire Falcons before next Sunday’s meeting with Sussex at New Road.

Worcestershire were put into bat on the same pitch used for Thursday’s impressive win over Gloucestershire.

Gareth Roderick, a century-maker against Gloucestershire, pushed at a delivery and was pouched by Rob Yates at first slip.

Ed Pollock collected the first boundary of the innings with a lofted straight drive at Barnard’s expense. 

Rob Jones took a stride forward but outside-edged another catch to Yates and captain Jake Libby pushed forward and nicked through to keeper Michael Burgess.

Pollock was bowled by a Barnard delivery which nipped back in.

Kashif Ali adopted an aggressive approach and lofted Hannon-Dalby for six over long on but it was his only scoring stroke.

He then came well forward to Barnard but fell to a fine legside catch by Burgess away to his left.

Ben Cox and Waite joined forces and added 33 before the former attempted to cut Michael Booth and presented Yates with another catch. 

Waite looked in good touch, pulling Booth for four and on drive Craig Miles to the boundary. 

Logan Van Beek gave him good support in a partnership of 28 but there was little the Netherland international could do when a delivery from Hannon-Dalby popped up off a length and he fended it to gulley.

Waite, having battled away for 44 off 60 balls, was bowled by a ball of full length from Hannon-Dalby and a similar delivery trapped Josh Baker lbw.

Dillon Pennington survived the hat-trick ball but the pace bowler was stumped off Jake Lintott to wrap up the innings.

Worcestershire needed early wickets to have any chance of putting their opponents under pressure and Barnard got off the mark with an inside edge for four against Joe Leach.  

But there were few other alarms for the openers and Barnard reached 50 from 35 balls.

Baker trapped Rob Yates lbw for 34 before Warwickshire completed victory.