Clarke century overshadows Collingwood's ton as Worcestershire chased down 202

Joe Clarke scored 124 off 53 deliveries in the chase
Joe Clarke scored 124 off 53 deliveries in the chase
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Worcestershire 204-2 (Clarke 124no) beat
Durham 201-2 (Collingwood 108no) by eight wickets
North Group, Natwest T20 Blast, Worcester

After Paul Collingwood's century powered Durham to 201 for two in their innings, Worcestershire riding on an unbeaten 124 from Joe Clarke completed the chase in just 18.1 overs with eight wickets in hand in the North Group Natwest T20 Blast clash in Worcester.

Worcestershire won the toss and decided to bowl first. Even though, John Hastings (1-35) had Cameron Steel (2) dismissed in the second over, Collingwood (108 not out), who was promoted at number three along with Graham Clark (52) to take the score to 63 for one in the powerplay.

Clark reached his fifty off 26 deliveries and at halfway mark, Durham reached 93 for one. With two sixes in the 11th over, Collingwood brought his own half century but Clark's 32-ball ended in the 12th over by Brett D'Oliveira (1-16).

The last eight overs yielded 91 runs with Collingwood completing a century as Durham reached 201 for two in the 20 overs.

Clarke (124 not out) struck three boundaries and a six in the fourth over to take the total of 45 for naught. Just after the powerplay, Hastings (54) was dismissed by Collingwood (1-38) but Clarke added another 97 run stand with Ben Cox (43) to lay the platform for the chase.

Even though, Cox fell, with a six in the 17th over, Clarke completed a fine century. He soon followed it with two more sixes and boundaries to complete the chase in 18.1 overs with eight wickets in hand.

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