Today is a Saturday, a perfect day to bring people into the game, today we have 3 Royal London Cup matches. With just 1 or 2 matches left these matches would be key.
Worcestershire 293 for 7 v Yorkshire 143 All Out
Brett D’Oliveira won the toss for Worcesterhire and elected to bat. Yorkshire were still in with a chance of finishing 3rd and progressing but they needed 2 points from this match. Worcs were in good contention to finish 2nd in the Northern group.
Tom Fell and Rikki Wessels put in 30 for the opening wicket Wessels was caught by Tom Koehler-Cadmore from the bowling of Steven Patterson for just 10. Worcs looked to be in trouble when Fell and Callum Ferguson were both despatched in subsequent overs. They were 57 for 3 and in need of a partnership. Captain D’Oliveira wasn’t to be the man, he was out for just 2, 62 for 4.
Keeper Ben Cox joined George Rhodes who’d come in at 4. The pair put on 169, with Cox scoring 87 from 86 balls before he was out in an identical manner to Wessels. Caught Koehler-Cadmore Bowled Patterson. Rhodes finished on 106 from 111 balls, he batted for 168 minutes helping Worcs to a total of 293 for 7 in their 50 overs.
Adam Lyth and Tom Koehler-Cadmore opened the batting for Yorkshire and formed what was to be the biggest partnership of the innings. Lyth became the 1st of 5 wickets for Wayne Parnell. The score was 46 for 1, Harry Brook was out for a Duck 2 overs later. Wickets then fell at regular intervals. Koehler-Cadmore and Matt Pillans top scored with 31 apiece. Yorkshire were bowled out in 33 overs for 143. Giving Worcs a win by 150 runs.
- George Rhodes -106 From 111 Balls – Strike Rate 95.50
- Wayne Parnell – 5 for 15 in 7 overs.
Warwickshire 256 for 5 v Lancashire 277 for 5
Jeetan Patel won the toss and put Lancashire in to bat. Lancashire lost Haseeb Hameed in the second over for a Duck to find themselves on 0 for 1. There were some decent partnerships throughout the innings and Dane Vilas in at 4 top scored with 83 from 79 balls. This was to be a weather affected match, but Lancs had the full 50 overs and made 277 for 7.
Warwickshire’s innings was interrupted by rain twice, seeing their target altered twice. Jimmy Anderson took the first 3 wickets in the space of 4 of his overs. Warwicks fell to 62 for 3. Sam Hain in at 3 finished the innings not out 84 from 100 balls. He and Liam Banks put on 111 for the 4th wicket, Banks was out for 61.
Chris Woakes with 20 from 16 balls and Alex Mellor with 30 from 13 balls made invaluable contributions under the circumstances. Warwicks finished on 256 for 4 after 44.3 overs and won by 5 wickets by the DLS method.
Leicestershire 261 for 9 v Northamptonshire 290 for 6
Alex Wakely won the toss for Northamptonshire and elected to bat. At 24 for 2 that may have felt like the wrong decision. Wakely scored, 36 in a 62 run partnership with Josh Cobb, to put things back on track. When Cobb went for 43 Northants were on 104 for 4.
Yesterday was a day when 2 Curran brothers shone, one for England the other in the IPL. Today the middle brother Ben shone for his team. He scored 69 from 68 balls before being run out. Alongside Rob Keogh who scored 102 from 85 balls, they put on 156 to put their team in a good position. Northants finished on 290 for 6 in their 50 overs.
In reply Leicestershire lost 2 early wickets and were 15 for 2. With the highest partnership being 61 between Ateeq Javid with 24 and Tom Taylor with 39 the run chase fell short as Northants ran out of balls. The top 7 batsmen all had a strike rate of under 100. Runs weren’t hit at a pace until Ben Mike in at 8 and Callum Parkinson at 9 batted with some urgency. After their 50 overs Northants were 261 for 9, giving Leics a win by 29 runs.
- Rob Keogh – 103 From 85 Balls – Strike Rate 120.00