Sunday, July 23rd, 2017

Whiteley Hits Six Sixes In An Over As Rapids Go Under At Headingley

Whiteley Hits Six Sixes In An Over As Rapids Go Under At Headingley

Ross Whiteley smashed SIX sixes in an over for Worcestershire Rapids who went down by 37 runs to Yorkshire Vikings in a NatWest T20 Blast match at Headingley.

The left-hander again showed his liking for the Vikings attack after his 91 off 35 balls on the same ground two years ago in another T20 Blast encounter.

Today Whiteley hit the slow left armer Karl Carver in a seven ball over over – the 16th for SIX, SIX, SIX, SIX, WIDE, SIX, SIX.

Whiteley becomes the sixth man to hit achieve the feat in world cricket, including Lancashire’s Jordan Clark, who did it in a second-team game against Yorkshire in 2013.

He brought up his half century off just 18 balls in another demonstration of why he is in the top 10 of the T20 hitters of all time in terms of sixes per innings.

It was the fastest ever half century by a Worcestershire batsman in T20, beating Gareth Andrew's 50 off 20 balls also at Headingley in 2011.

But Whiteley's blitz proved to be in vain as the Vikings successfully defended their total of 233-6 and triumphed by 37 runs as the Rapids closed on 196-7.

The Rapids had themselves been on the receiving end of a Whiteley style innings from David Willey who made 118 off 55 deliveries.

The Vikings total beat their previous highest of 227-5 against Notts Outlaws earlier in the month and surpassed the previous most runs conceded in T20 by Worcestershire of 229 versus Lancashire at New Road in 2014.

The Rapids made a spirited reply with the bat and were not far off the required rate at the half-way stage.

Joe Clarke raced to a 30 ball half century after again going in first but despite Whiteley's late assault with the bat they suffered a fourth defeat in five games in the competition.

The Rapids changed their bowling line-up at the start of the powerplay with Daryl Mitchell taking the new ball in place of skipper Joe Leach who was the seventh bowler used in the ninth over.

Mitchell conceded only four runs in his first over and John Hastings then broke through in his first over by bowling Alex Lees for 11.

That brought Willey to the crease and boundaries flowed from the former Northamptonshire player.

He added 81 with Adam Lyth (31) who became a second victim for Hastings at long off.

Mitchell Santner entered the attack at 95-2 after eight overs and bowled another four accurate overs for just 23 runs and the wicket of Australian Shaun Marsh (4) in the deep.

Jack Shantry accounted for Peter Handscomb (19) who perished on the on side going for a big hit but Willey continued to blaze away in destructive fashion.

He was finally bowled by Ed Barnard in the penultimate over and struck eight sixes and nine fours in his 55 ball knock.

There was just time for Leach todispose of Jack Leaning who went for a pull and nicked through to keeper Ben Cox.

Hastings opened the batting alongside Clarke and smote 24 off 11 balls with two sixes before he fell to Tim Bresnan – caught at deep mid wicket.

Cox (5) departed cheaply via a full toss to cover off Azeem Rafiq but Clarke continued in the free-scoring run he had demonstrated against Derbyshire Falcons.

He had made 38 off 19 balls with two sixes and five fours when there was a short rain break with the Rapids 70-2 off seven overs.

When the players returned, Clarke completed his half-century but added only one more before Adil Rashid claimed his scalp.

Then came Whiteley's amazing assault and Santner made a quickfire 21 but the Vikings held on.