Sunday, July 27th, 2014

Whiteley Tops Rapids Six Hitting Charts In T20 Blast After Falcons Blitz

Whiteley Tops Rapids Six Hitting Charts In T20 Blast After Falcons Blitz

Ross Whiteley's amazing batting display against Derbyshire Falcons means he has finished as Worcestershire Rapids leading six-hitter after the group stages of the NatWest T20 Blast.

New Zealander Colin Munro comfortably led the way for the Rapids with 14 sixes going in to the last North Group match at New Road.

But all-rounder Whiteley cleared the ropes nine times against the Falcons during his 84 not out to move onto 15 – and one ahead of Munro who did not add to his six tally before he was out for 16.

Whiteley finished joint 11th in the overall sixes table with Sussex Sharks' Luke Wright coming out on top with 28.

He was six ahead of Surrey Lions' Jason Roy who will face the Rapids in next Saturday's quarter-final at the Kia Oval.

Wright also hit the most sixes in one innings during the 2014 competition – 11 against Essex at Chelmsford followed by Middlesex's Dan Christian with 10 against Kent at Canterbury.

Whiteley's effort against his former club Derbyshire was the next best.

The leading six hitters after the 14 group matches were:

L. Wright (Sussex) 28, J. Roy (Surrey) 22, D. Stevens (Kent) 21, M. Carberry (Hants) 18, R. Bopara (Essex) 17, D. Christian (Middx) 16, D. Willey (Northants) 16, J. Cobb (Leics) 16, T. Westley (Essex) 16, A. Blake (Kent) 16. R. WHITELEY (WORCS) 15, R ten Doeschate (Essex) 15, R. Levi (Northants) 15, C. MUNRO (WORCS) 14, J. Hastings (Durham) 14, J. Allenby (Glam) 14.

Worcestershire's total of 209-4 against Derbyshire on Friday evening was the seventh highest of 2014.

But they were on the receiving end of the biggest total – Lancashire Lightning's 229-4 at New Road.