Sunday, March 8th, 2015

Oliver Hits 60-Ball Hundred As Worcs Triumph In T20 Encounter

Oliver Hits 60-Ball Hundred As Worcs Triumph In T20 Encounter

Richard Oliver continued his fine form of the winter with a rapid century as Worcestershire overcame a United Arab Emirates X1 in a Twenty 20 clash in Abu Dhabi at the Zayed Nursery Ground.

The county opener has experienced a fine season with the bat skippering Geelong City Down Under.

Oliver raced to three figures off just 60 balls as the 25-year-old found the UAE attack to his liking before being dismissed for 103.

Skipper Daryl Mitchell began where he left off in 2014 by making a classy 55.

Mitchell was the second highest scorer in Division Two of the LV = County Championship with 1,334 runs at an average of 58.

Tom Kohler-Cadmore was Worcestershire's other main contributor with a brutal 36 as Worcestershire closed on 212-3.

Kohler-Cadmore's form during the visit to Abu Dhabi 12 months ago that helped earn a place in the side at the start of the season.

UAE began with a couple of seamers but there were also plenty of varieties of spin for the county batsmen to combat.

They also included the youngest ever test cricketer in Hasan Raza of Pakistan.

New signing Alex Gidman and Mitchell were amongst the wicket-takers as the UAE were restricted to 164 and beaten by 48 runs.

They were the hardest bowlers to get away on a deck which suited the medium pacers.

Spinner Brett D'Oliveira and all-rounder Ross Whiteley also picked up wickets.

The home batsmen were aggressive in their approach with two sixes being struck over third man occurring during the power play.

But wickets fell at regular intervals and tipped the game in Worcestershire's favour.

The county players wore the newly produced shirts in honour of the former Worcestershire player Phil Hughes who died after being struck by a delivery in Australia in November.

Mitchell tweeted: "First game on tour, first win for the Worcs CCC boys in the Phil Hughes memorial shirt."

The county have been undergoing another day of warm weather training before returning to action tomorrow.

They will then do battle with Derbyshire in a 50 over match on Monday at the main Zayed Stadium.