Friday, May 22nd, 2015

Rapids Go Under In Opening T20 Blast Clash At Edgbaston

Rapids Go Under In Opening T20 Blast Clash At Edgbaston

Worcestershire went down by 18 runs in their opening NatWest T20 Blast clash with Birmingham Bears under floodlights at Edgbaston.

The home side scored 144-5 after being put into bat and Worcestershire can be well pleased with their bowling and fielding efforts.

Brett D'Oliveira was particularly impressive with 2-21 in his four overs but all of the attack did a decent job including Ed Barnard who was making his competitive first team debut.

But reigning champions Birmingham also bowled well on a wicket where the ball stuck in the surface although the Rapids did not help their cause with two run outs and some disappointing shot execution.

They were eventually bowled out for 126 in the final over.

Barnard was handed his opportunity after showing promise in the non first class match against New Zealand.

Joe Leach made the first breakthrough when William Porterfield, who struck three sixes in his 27, was bowled with 31 on the board in the fifth over.

Tom Lewis and Varun Chopra added 45 before the former on 27 gave spinner Sachithra Senanayake the charge and was stumped by Ben Cox.

Six runs later Chopra (22) holed out to Ross Whiteley at deep mid wicket off D'Oliveira who struck for the second time when Rikki Clarke (3) went to cut and was bowled.

It became 104-5 when Laurie Evans (20) was caught at extra cover by Worcestershire skipper Daryl Mitchell off Shantry.

Some clean hitting by Jeetan Patel, with an unbeaten 23 off 10 balls, and Ateeq Javid (18 not out) gave the Bears innings impetus as they closed on 144-5.

Worcestershire needed to score at 7.25 runs per over and Richard Oliver fell without a run on the board in Rikki Clarke's opening over, caught at cover point by Laurie Evans off a leading edge.

Kohler-Cadmore got the scoreboard moving with a straight six and four in Chris Wright's first over which cost 17 runs.

But having reached 34-1, Recordo Gordon picked up two wickets in his first over.

Kohler-Cadmore (21) lofted a full toss to mid wicket with Clarke taking a good catch over his shoulder and then Alex Gidman (0) was caught behind by Tim Ambrose.

Barnard (5) lost his wicket when setting off for a risky single after playing Gordon to cover point and he was run out with both batsmen at the non striker's end.

Mitchell, his side's leading scorer in the 2014 competition, batted well for 34 but sucumbed to Patel after hoisting the New Zealand spinner to deep mid wicket.

Then the Rapids suffered another run out when Ross Whiteley played Javid to mid on and set off for another risky run and Ben Cox (1) was run out at the striker's end.

Whiteley looked in good touch, cover-driving and cutting Wright for fours and climbing into a Clarke delivery which was deposited for six over mid wicket.

He made 33 but his innings ended as he was caught at long on by Patel off Javid.

Leach became Clarke's third victim when he was bowled for 10 and it all ended when Jack Shantry (1) departed in the same fashion to Gordon.