Tuesday, May 17th, 2022


Dillon Pennington and Club Captain Brett D’Oliveira picked up three wickets apiece and Jake Libby hit 40 but a strong Worcestershire side went down by 22 runs in a Second Eleven T20 fixture at New Road.

Pennington did the damage with the new ball on his return to fitness after missing the last two LV=Insurance County Championship games with a hamstring injury.

D’Oliveira also settled back into the kind of form he produced in the Vitality Blast last summer in what was an opportunity for some T20 action before the 2022 competition gets underway next week.

Glamorgan were bowled out for 133 in exactly 20 overs after choosing to bat with Josh Baker, Pat Brown and Jacques Banton also amongst the wickets.

But only Libby made much impression with the bat as Worcestershire were dismissed for 111 in 19.3 overs.

Spinner Baker, who yesterday celebrated his 19th birthday, took the new ball and conceded just five runs in the opening over.

Pennington then struck in each of his first two overs.

Cameron Hemp (2) went for a big hit and only succeeded in top edging with keeper Ben Cox taking a fine catch running back.

Tom Bevan (16) fell in Pennington’s second over when he found Mitchell Stanley at mid off.

Baker returned for the final over of the powerplay and accounted for Colin Ingram (9) who tried to turn a delivery around the corner and it went straight to Banton at backward square leg.

Banton, who made his senior debut in last summer’s Royal London Cup, picked up a wicket when Tom Cullen (3) came down the wicket and was stumped.

Wickets continued to fall at regular intervals including two in four balls for D’Oliveira.

Joe Cooke (14) holed out to Baker at deep mid wicket and Dan Douthwaite (10 pushed forward and Cox earned his second stumping with some quick work.

Brown, the Rapids bowling hero in 2018 and 2019, had Glamorgan’s main contributor, Callum Taylor (43), caught behind after he flicked at a legside delivery.

D’Oliveira collected a third scalp when Mujahid Ilyas (6) went back and was lbw and there was also a third breakthrough for Pennington when Prem Sisodiya (10) found Ed Pollock at short third man.

The innings ended when Lukas Carey (11) played a Brown yorker straight back to the bowler and was run out after failing to get back into his ground.

D’Oliveira ended with figures of 4-0-22-23, Pennington 4-0-27-3, Jacques Banton 4-0-17-1, Brown 3-0-19-1 and Baker 4-0-25-1.

When Worcestershire batted, runs were also hard to come by. Pollock (12) played a couple of fine shots before he sliced a delivery from Douthwaite to third man.

D’Oliveira (10) chopped a ball from Jamie McIlroy onto his stumps and Cox drove at Carey and was bowled at 39-3.

Libby again looked in decent touch after his century against Derbyshire in the LV=Insurance County Championship on Sunday.

He cut McIlroy for four and then clipped Carey off his legs for another boundary.

A fourth wicket fell when Kashif Ali (15), who hit one big six, aimed another big blow and was caught at long on.

Worcestershire reached 96-4 but then Libby and Banton departed in successive overs to run outs.

Libby, having struck four boundaries in his 34 ball knock, cut away a delivery from Sisodiya but failed to beat the throw to the keeper attempting a second run.

Banton (2) turned Carey on the on side but was run out by a direct hit at the non-striker’s end.

Baker (0) flicked McIlroy around the corner and only found the fielder and Pennington holed out to mid on off the same bowler.

Gareth Roderick (10) sliced Taylor to third man before last man Stanley (5) was dismissed by Douthwaite.

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