6/7/2016 0 Comments
A muggy Tuesday afternoon saw four Royal London One-Day Cup group matches take place. It was a day for those who bowled first as each of the fixtures saw the chasing team get home. In the North Group, Warwickshire comfortably got home versus Leicestershire by nine wickets, Worcestershire overcame Yorkshire by seven wickets and it was the same victory margin for Derbyshire versus Durham. The solitary fixture in the South Group saw Hampshire reach their Duckworth-Lewis target with 5 wickets and 3 balls remaining.
Warwickshire coasted home against Leicestershire, reaching their victory target of 238 with nine wickets intact and the same number of overs remaining. Sam Hain (105 from 124) scored his maiden List A century and was ably supported by opening partner Will Porterfield (75 from 83) and Laurie Evans (45 from 39). Leicestershire were earlier restricted to a below-par 237 all out from 49 overs, Jeetan Patel (3-46), Boyd Rankin (2-37) and Rikki Clarke (1-35) all bowled economically as the Foxes collapsed from 129-3 to 134-6 inside four overs and left their lower order struggling to find a competitive total. Kevin O'Brien (77 from 70) top-scored, and Rob Taylor (62 from 66) provided some late resistance but the game-ending injury suffering by Niall O'Brien, who was stretchered off with what looked like a nasty Achilles injury, left Leicestershire in dire straits. Indeed, it was left to Hain, needing a single to reach that century, to bring up a victory with a classy six.
It was the Bears' first victory in this year's competition, while Leicestershire have lost both of their opening games.
Worcestershire overcame a sorry Yorkshire in a solid seven-wicket win at Headingley. The White Rose never really got out of the blocks as they struggled to a paltry 170 all out, Jack Shantry starring with the ball in taking 2-10 from 7.2 overs. Joe Leach, George Rhodes and Brett D'Oliveira also took two wickets apiece with no Yorkshire batsman making it past Gary Ballance's top score of 30. Worcestershire blitzed their way towards their victory target, Leach was sent in to open the batting and scored a quickfire 63 off 35 balls including 3 sixes. Tom Kohler-Cadmore made a run-a-ball 42 and Joe Clarke made 26 while Adil Rashid's two wickets only prevented the inevitable as Worcestershire sauntered home with just under half of their allotted overs remaining. For Worcestershire it was a first win of the campaign, bouncing back from their loss to Derbyshire on Sunday – whereas for Yorkshire, they will be looking to bounce back quickly from a loss in their opening RLODC fixture.
At the 3aaa County Ground, Derbyshire recorded a solid performance with bat and ball in their 7 wicket win over Durham. Derbyshire made early inroads to the Northerners' batting lineup and reduced them to 58-6 before Ryan Pringle (125 from 101) blasted a brilliant century to give his side a total of some credibility. There were three wickets apiece for Andy Carter (3 for 59) and Shiv Thakor (3 for 36) as Derbyshire bowled their opposition out for 216, Pringle's innings providing the only resistance to an otherwise rampant bowling performance. Ben Slater then struck a century to guide the hosts steadily towards victory, only falling in the last over of the match for a brilliant 119 from 137 balls before Neil Broom struck the winning runs. Billy Godleman's handy contribution of 42 from 53 in an opening partnership of 105 also prevented any nerves from setting in. Derbyshire now have two victories from their opening two matches while Durham's first loss comes after an opening day win versus Leicestershire.
The only rain-affected fixture of the day saw Hampshire creep home via Duckworth Lewis against Middlesex in a match played at Radlett Cricket Club. Hampshire were set a revised target of 202 from 26 overs, and the reliable Liam Dawson saw them home with an unbeaten 68. Earlier, Middlesex had reached 295-8 from their 50 overs, Brendon McCullum (74 from 56) smashing a 35 ball half century before he was the second of Mason Crane's four victims. Eoin Morgan (52 from 47) followed suit in hitting a fifty before falling to Crane who impressed with 4-80 from his ten overs. Hampshire's innings began poorly, Joe Weatherley falling for 2 on his List A debut before the rain came. When they resumed, Adam Wheater (41 from 32) and Sean Ervine (45 from 32) looked most likely to take the game away from Middlesex before Wheater's dismissal brought Dawson to the crease. Dawson hit 9 fours in his 68 and in 9 overs together with Ervine added 89 to take Hampshire close. It fell on veteran Gareth Andrew to strike Middlesex skipped James Franklin for four in the final over to seal glory – getting home with only 3 balls remaining and ensuring his team atoned for their opening loss to Essex. Middlesex will be looking for their first victory when they travel to early basement sitters Gloucestershire tomorrow.
Reports by Charlie Jennings (@AVCJX)
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