Sunday, March 9th, 2014

Morris And Fell Impress As Worcestershire Go Down To Derbyshire

Morris And Fell Impress As Worcestershire Go Down To Derbyshire

Worcestershire suffered a 126 run defeat against Derbyshire in a 50 over match at the Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi but there were encouraging performances from paceman Charlie Morris and promising batsman Tom Fell.

Morris, 21, returned the excellent figures of 4-38 from his 10 overs after Derbyshire elected to bat and overcame the 32 degree heat.

Fell, who showed his potential when breaking into the first team last season, hit a fine half century.

But the efforts of the duocould not prevent Worcestershire suffering their second defeat in three matches during their pre-season tour.

Derbyshire made a good start with Hughes and former Worcestershire player Moore putting on 57 the first wicket.

Hughes was first to go for 25 but Moore was joined by Durston and took the score through to 190 before Moore was caught by fell off Morris for 72 off 79 balls with seven fours.

Durston went onto to make an excellent 94 from just 74 balls with nine fours and three sixes and with Godleman 47 from 40 balls took the score to 281.

A quick 28 from Madsen helped take Derbyshire through to a formidable 342-9 with Andrew 4-61) Worcestershire's other successful bowler.

Worcestershire's innings got off to a stuttering start with Mitchell first to go, caught at first slip when the score was 12, followed by Kohler-Cadmore, caught down the leg side off Footitt to reduce them to 14-2.

When Kervezee (8) was lbw to Groenewald, Worcestershire were struggling at 30-3 before a stand of 104 from 126 balls between Fell and ex Derbyshire player Whiteley gave Worcestershire hope.

But when Fell was run out for 55, and Whiteley was well caught in the deep for 53, Worcestershire's hopes were fading with the score on 146-5 from 30 overs.

Andrew was next to go caught for 10 off the left arm spin of Wainwright when the score was 154 and Pardoe (8) was well caught at backward point off as the required rate climbed above 11 an over.

D'Oliveira joined wicket keeper Cox with the total on 170 and showed some late resistance with a stand of 38 from 23 balls before Cox was taken by Hughes at mid wicket for 33.

Shantry was caught at mid on skying a pull off Clare and when D'Oliveira was caught at deep fine leg off Clare for 14 Worcestershire were all out for 216.

Worcestershire return to action on Tuesday with back to back Twenty20 matches against Derbyshire and New Zealand.