Willey century overshadows Whiteley's record six sixes as Yorkshire move top of table

David Willey recorded his career highest score of 115
David Willey recorded his career highest score of 115
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Yorkshire 233-6 (Willey 118) beat
Worcestershire 196-7 (Whiteley 65) by 37 runs
North Group, Natwest T20 Blast, Headingley

David Willey recorded a fine century batting at number three as Yorkshire overcame a blistering innings from Ross Whiteley to win the North Group Natwest T20 Blast encounter against Worcestershire at Headingley by 37 runs.

Worcestershire won the toss and invited Yorkshire to bat first. Alex Lees (11) was castled early in the innings but Adam Lyth (31) and Willey (118) upped the ante adding 81 runs off just 38 deliveries to set the tone for the innings.

Willey looked in top gear from the beginning and smashed nine boundaries and eight sixes during his 55-ball innings and singlehandedly put Yorkshire in a dominating position taking them to 233 for six and also managed to to go past the three-figure mark.

Needing close to 12 runs from the start, despite a quick start from the openers Hastings (24) and Joe Clarke (51), Worcestershire slipped to 117 for four by the end of the 12th over.

Whiteley (65) was in no mood to give up and even smacked the left-arm-spinner Karl Carver (0-47) for six sixes in the 16th over but his 26-ball masterful innings went in vain as Worcestershire managed to score only 196 for seven in the 20 overs.

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