Friday, June 24th, 2016

Rapids Hit By Lightning At Old Trafford

Rapids Hit By Lightning At Old Trafford

Worcestershire Rapids went down by 96 runs in this evening's NatWest T20 Blast clash with holders Lancashire Lightning at Emirates Old Trafford.

The Rapids were bowled out for 53 in 13.5 overs – their lowest T20 score.

They will now look to put this setback behind them in back to back T20 Blast matches with Durham Jets and Derbyshire Falcons next week.

Lancashire were put into bat and restricted to 149-5 in their 20 overs by the joint North Group leaders.

But Nathan Buck picked up three wickets in his opening spell and then slow left arm spinner Stephen Parry returned 5-13 in his four overs for the Lightning.

Jack Shantry, who bowled his four overs in one spell, made the first breakthrough when Martin Guptill (6) went for a pull and was caught by Matt Henry.

Skipper Daryl Mitchell then accounted for Karl Brown (17) as the ball looped up to Brett D'Oliveira at mid wicket.

Alviro Petersen reached a half century off 38 balls before D'Oliveira trapped Liam Livingstone lbw after he had struck a rapid 28.

Mitchell pulled off a brilliant catch to dismiss Steven Croft off a full bloodied shot off Joe Leach who then had Jordan Clark pouched in the deep by Alexei Kervezee.

The Rapids bowlers kept the home batsmen in check and Leach returned 2-34, Mitchell 1-21, Shantry 1-22 and D'Oliveira 1-24.

The Rapids lost in form Tom Kohler-Cadmore to the first ball of the innings from Buck, caught on the legside by on loan keeper Tom Moores.

Mitchell (5) also went down the legside to the Moores-Buck combination and Kervezee (4) holed out at mid-off off Jordan Clark.

Joe Clarke (9) provided Buck with a third success as he was caught at point and it became 26-5 when Ross Whiteley (1) was stumped down the legside off Parry.

Parry had Ben Cox (6) taken at deep square leg and D'Oliveira, the one Rapids player to make double figures, swept at the slow left armer and George Edwards held the chance.

The innings ended swiftly with Leach (6), Henry (0) and Barnard (0) all departing in one over from Parry.