Worcestershire v Derbyshire: Clydesdale Bank 40 – Worcestershire’s Innings Recap

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Worcestershire v Derbyshire: Clydesdale Bank 40 – Worcestershire’s Innings Recap on Thursday, August 4, 2011.
Rain had interrupted the game during the first innings, which reduced the match to 36 overs per side as per the Duckworth/Lewis (D/L) method.
The visitors had batted first and collected 197 runs for the loss of eight wickets in their allotted 36 overs. The highlight of the innings was a terrific batting performance by former England batsman Vikram Solanki, who top scored the match with 84 runs.
In reply, the Derbyshire batsmen failed to keep wickets in tact, resulting in the team’s loss by 23 runs. The entire team was sent back to the hut for 174 runs in less than 35 overs., who was the skipper of Worcestershire, opted to bat first after winning the toss. The conditions were overcast, but the visitors’ captain expected the pitch to favour the batsmen.
Worcestershire’s innings did not get off to a very good start, as the team lost opening batsman early. He was a touch unlucky, getting run-out after adding just 9 runs to the total from 19 deliveries.
The team’s first-drop Jack Manuel tried to be aggressive from the start of the innings, as he attacked the bowlers. He failed to make most of the start he got to his innings though, getting out after scoring 22 runs from 18 balls with the help of four boundaries.
Solanki and constructed a solid half-century partnership, guiding the team into a good position. They put together 53 runs for the third wicket stand before the latter got out after scoring 20 runs off 35 balls.
The fall of wicket did not bother Solanki at all, as he continued to bat well. He got tremendous support from the team’s skipper, as the pair collected 78 runs for the fourth wicket partnership.
Solanki’s innings finally came to an end in the death overs. However, the former English batsman had done the damage, contributing 84 runs to the total off just 77 deliveries. He struck eight fours and two thunderous sixes in his fabulous knock.
Just six runs later, Mitchell was also sent back to the hut. He missed out on a half-century by just nine runs, getting out on 41.
Worcestershire’s lower-order struggled to score runs in the death overs, as the team lost 5 wickets for the final 15 runs scored in the innings.
Derbyshire’s part time bowler proved to be the surprise of the innings, as he picked up three wickets for just seven runs in his two-over spell. He helped his side to restrict the opposition below 200 in the end.



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