Worcestershire vs Yorkshire, Worcester
Worcestershire’s four-game winning streak at the start of the 2018 T20 Blast was brought to a screeching halt at home as Yorkshire completed a 12-run victory over them in an absorbing contest at New Road. Gary Ballance blitzed to a 21-ball 40 and was helped by contributions from Adam Lyth and Harry Brook that helped the visitors post 179 in their 20 overs. Captain Steven Patterson and Tim Bresnan then claimed three wickets apiece to slam the door shut on their hi-flying hosts.
Worcestershire returned to the formula that helped them win the first three games of the season. They won the toss and elected to bowl. But on this occasion, their frontline bowlers were subject to an early onslaught from Lyth, who struck six fours and a six in his 21-ball innings worth 35. Inside five overs the visitors had 41 on the board, with Tom Kohler-Cadmore struggling for control. He departed soon after Lyth fell, forcing the team into a period of rebuilding.
In Brook and Ballance, Yorkshire wasted little time to put the innings on track. The duo added 62 runs in just 6 overs with Ballance in particular slamming four sixes and a four in his knock. Another wobble followed as the pair fell in quick succession but Jordan Thompson’s late strikes carried the team close to the 180-mark.
Curiously, Worcestershire’s chase never got going once Martin Guptill fell for a two-ball duck to Bresnan. The hosts quickly slipped to 58 for 5 and needed a miracle from the lower middle-order. That Worcestershire even came within 12 runs of victory was down to Ross Whiteley’s 24-ball 37. Whiteley added 52 with captain Brett D’Oliviera (24) while Ed Barnard himself scored a brisk unbeaten 25. However, Patterson and Bresnan combined to give only 14 from the final two to finally give Worcestershire an ‘L’.
Brief scores: Yorkshire 179/7 in 20 overs (Gary Ballance 40, Adam Lyth 35; Patrick Brown 3-34) beat Worcestershire 167/8 in 20 overs (Ross Whiteley 37; Steven Patterson 3-35, Tim Bresnan 3-38) by 12 runs.
Warwickshire vs Durham, Birmingham
Sam Hain’s majestic 95 wasn’t enough to trump Durham’s intimidating total of 220 as Warwickshire fell short by 18 runs in their T20 Blast encounter in Birmingham. The chase appeared to be going nowhere when Warwickshire were reeling at 59 for 3 in the eighth over but Hain turned the tide with a 110-run stand alongside Colin de Grandhomme. But with 52 needed off 24 deliveries, Hain fell five short of his century and his dismissal helped Durham pull things back.
With skipper Grant Elliott and Dominic Sibley struggling to get going, de Grandhomme’s unbeaten half-century wasn’t enough to overhaul the target. Earlier in the day, Durham’s massive total was set up by their openers Tom Latham and Graham Clark.
Both batsmen managed to score fifties and were involved in a century partnership before the hosts staged a mini comeback with a few wickets. But veteran Paul Collingwood and Will Smith ensured the electric start didn’t go to waste as they added 76 off just 33 balls, which eventually proved to be instrumental in the win.
Brief scores: Durham 220/6 in 20 overs (Graham Clark 65, Tom Latham 58; Jeetan Patel 1-39) beat Warwickshire 202/5 in 20 overs (Sam Hain 95, Colin de Grandhomme 63*; Will Smith 2-20) by 18 runs
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