Callum Ferguson, Moeen Ali help Worcestershire consolidate top-spot


Worcestershire strengthened their position at the top of North Group courtesy a stroke-filled century from Callum Ferguson and a fine fifty from Moeen Ali. The duo added a 135-run stand for the second wicket that powered Worcestershire to 206 for 2.

There’s a chance opener Joe Clarke has had his head turned away by the speculation of getting a Test debut against India in the coming week in place of Dawid Malan, as he departed for a 10-ball six. His early exit though, paved the way for an excellent partnership between two batters who scored a total of 15 fours and 6 sixes between them.

The onslaught began early and saw its peak in the 12th over from Samit Patel, that fetched 19 runs. The following two overs fetched 14 each and provided the platform for a massive total. In this period, both smashed half-centuries and looked set to score 100s too. Ish Sodhi put the brakes on such plans, getting rid of Moeen for a 36-ball 65. Ferguson kept going and finished his century as Worcestershire finished with 206 for 2.

Nottinghamshire struggled to get their chase going, losing wickets regularly. Steven Mullaney tried to rebuild from a poor start but they lost four wickets in the first half of the innings.

Patrick Brown and Wayne Parnell were all over the Nottinghamshire. The home side was also undone by the fact that Daniel Christian, Samit Patel, Jake Libby and Billy Root all fell for single-digit scores. And from 111 for 8, there was no coming back.

Brief Scores: Worcestershire 206/2 in 20 overs (Callum Ferguson 102, Moeen Ali 65; Ish Sodhi 1-36) beat Nottinghamshire 134 in 17.2 overs (Steven Mullaney 55; Wayne Parnell 3-20, Patrick Brown 3-21) by 72 runs.

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