Somerset vs Essex, Taunton
Johann Myburg sent the Essex bowlers on a leather hunt at Taunton on Friday (August 3) as Somerset registered a massive 10-wicket win with 52 balls to spare. Chasing just 136, Myburg went on a boundary-hitting spree right from the outset with Tom Banton playing the ideal foil at the other end. Myburg reached his century off just 42 balls and remained unbeaten on 103 as Somerset swatted aside the moderate target.
The victory was set up by the bowlers earlier in the day as Jerome Taylor had another fruitful outing to finish with three wickets. Jamie Overton also chipped in with a three-wicket haul as the Essex batters failed to score big. Apart from Varun Chopra, who made 43, the rest of the batters failed to make an impact and in the end, Essex managed just 135. The rate at which Myburg struck the ball, even 70 more runs wouldn’t have proved to be sufficient.
Brief scores: Essex 135/9 in 20 overs (Varun Chopra 43; Jamie Overton 3-23, Jerome Taylor 3-28) lost to Somerset 136/0 in 11.2 overs (Johann Myburg 103*, Tom Banton 29*) by 10 wickets
Worcestershire vs Durham, Worcester
In an extraordinary finish at Worcester, the home side clinched a thrilling three-wicket win over Durham despite staring at a defeat at one point in time during the chase. Chasing 195 for the win, Worcestershire were 122/5 in the 15th over despite Moeen Ali’s rapid 42 at the start. Needing 75 from just 33 balls, Ross Whiteley turned on the heat as he smashed a 26-ball 60 to turn the momentum again. Even though he was dismissed with ten more runs required in the final over, Wayne Parnell sealed the deal with a couple of boundaries.
Durham would look back at their innings where they failed to make use of their excellent start. Following Tom Latham’s masterful 78 and Ryan Pringle’s 19-ball 35, Durham were well placed at 162/3 after 15 overs. But in the final five overs, all they managed was 32 runs as the Worcestershire bowlers squeezed their opposition at the death, which proved to be crucial.
Brief scores: Durham 194/7 in 20 overs (Tom Latham 78, Ryan Pringle 35; Wayne Parnell 2-22, Patrick Brown 2-29) lost to Worcestershire 195/7 in 19.4 overs (Ross Whiteley 60, Moeen Ali 42; Barry McCarthy 4-31) by 3 wickets
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