Wednesday, April 24th, 2019


worcestershire rapids registered their second win of the campaign in the royal london one-day cup as they overcame durham by four wickets in a rain affected game at New Road.

durham had been restricted to 114-4 in 27.2 overs with charlie morris, josh tongue, daryl mitchell and brett d’oliveira picking up one wicket apiece before the heavens opened.

the rapids were eventually set a 152 target in 24 overs via the duckworth-lewis method after a delay of more than four hours.

a half century opening stand between hamish rutherford and riki wessels gave the rapids the ideal start.

after a mid innings wobble, another fifty partnership between ben cox and ross whiteley saw the rapids over the line with 10 balls to spare.

it was the ideal response after the 38 run defeat against leicestershire foxes over the weekend.

durham were put into bat by brett d’oliveira and new ball bowler morris made the first breakthrough in his third over as scott steel (14) went for a drive and was bowled by a delivery which came back sharply.

graham clark (10) paid the penalty as he pulled a short delivery from tongue straight to whiteley at deep square leg.

durham skipper cameron bancroft went into the game on the back of unbeaten centuries in the competition – 151 versus northamptonshire and 118 against leicestershire.

he moved onto 20 but the introduction of mitchell into the attack led to his downfall.

the australian batsman went for a drive and morris held onto the chance at short third man with the total 78-3.

alex lees completed his half century off 75 deliveries with four boundaries.

gareth harte (14), making his first one-day cup appearance of the campaign, fell shortly before an elongated long break.

he took a stride out of his crease before looking to attack d’oliveira and was stumped by cox.

only two more runs were added before the players were forced off by driving rain.

when worcestershire batted, rutherford and wessels quickly established a position of command for the home side as the half century came up in only 4.5 overs.

rutherford had become the second worcestershire player to score centuries on his county championship and list a debut and he continued in the same vein.

he deposited matt salisbury and matt potts for six on his way to 33 from 22 balls before nicking a wide delivery from ben raine through to keeper bancroft.

wessels was also full of attacking intent in making 29 before he was caught off a skier by bancroft running back towards the boundary from a salisbury delivery.

mitchell (0) dragged a slower delivery from brydon carse onto his stumps at 71-3 in the 10th over.

tom fell (7) top edged carse to mid on in his next over and d’oliveira (6) was caught behind off salisbury.

cox and whiteley steadied the ship with a half century stand in seven overs.

whiteley made a run a ball 26 before he attempted to cut raine and was caught behind.

but cox went onto make an unbeaten 31 and, with ed barnard (12 not out), saw the rapids over the finishing line.