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Royal London One-Day Cup 2021: All the Match Scores, Results, Reports and Scorecards for Sunday August 1st

Royal London One Day Cup 2021 - Sunday August 1st

Essex Eagles v Kent Spitfires (The Cloudfm County Ground)

Kent Spitfires 158 lost to Essex Eagles 159/1 by nine wickets

Tom Westley eased to his third half-century of the Royal London Cup and Sir Alastair Cook scored a classy 77 not out as Essex Eagles thrashed Kent Spitfires by eight wickets.

Eagles captain Westley struck 69 off 77 balls, having previously clocked 69 and 87 not out, during a 127 run stand with Cook.

Essex were only chasing 158, after an all-around bowling performance, and knocked them off with 19 overs to spare.

It got the Eagles back to winning ways, after losing their 100 per cent record against Worcestershire, while Kent remain winless.

The Spitfires, who had won the toss and batted, were without 11 first-choice players due to The Hundred, injuries and – in the case of Essex seamer Matt Quinn – loan agreements.

None of their batters past 40 on a slow wicket, with only Tawanda Muyeye’s strike rate returning above three figures.

After Ollie Robinson had clipped to square leg, Muyeye showed strong wrists to reach 25 from 23 balls, which included four boundaries and a wonderfully picked up six over mid-wicket – although succumbed when he carved to backward point.

Simon Harmer entered the attack and within two balls had Harry Finch lbw for a 17-ball duck, before Darren Stevens flicked Ben Allisson to Ryan ten Doeschate on the deep square boundary.

Scotland international George Munsey lived by the reverse sweep and eventually died by it when he picked out fine leg for 39.

Like Harmer, ten Doeschate struck with his second delivery, as Grant Stewart loosely edged behind and then Marcus O’Riordan was bowled.

Matt Milnes was caught behind, James Logan chipped a caught and bowled back at Aron Nijjar and Nathan Gilchrist holed out to long-on to conclude the innings.

Cook, on the back of tallies of an unbeaten 92 and a 42, continued his brilliant form with a cover drive in the first over and an extravagant square drive.

Opening partner Will Buttleman fell for 11 when Milnes pinned back his leg stump but Westley arrived to take control of the chase.

England legend Cook reached his fifty in 51 balls, with the 100 partnership with Westley taking 124 balls – as the runs were ticked off in officious style.

Westley joined the half-century club for the 30th time in his career in 64 balls, with six boundaries eventually coming in his 69.

It was Cook who tip and ran the winning single though, as the rain came down at the Cloudfm County Ground, Chelmsford, to boost the Eagles’ chances of progressing to the knockout stage.

Match Summary
Essex  159/1 (31.1 ov)

Kent  158/10 (47.5 ov)
Essex won by 9 wkts (113b rem)

SCORECARD

Essex Eagles fast bowler Shane Snater, who took two for 30:

“It has been coming out nicely and it came out all together today and everyone combined had a good game.

“It is always nice to get a win and everyone is in good spirits and playing well.

“Cook and Westley and looking really good and are in really good form. Hopefully they can keep that going in the coming games.

“I haven’t had the opportunities in the past because I wasn’t performing but I’m now doing well and trying to keep it going.”

Kent Spitfires captain Ollie Robinson:

“It was a tough wicket and we didn’t adapt well enough at the top and losing wickets early doesn’t help.

“We have lost nine players to The Hundred now and they lost two so it was going to be hard on paper but that is no excuse to how it went today. We weren’t good enough in all three disciplines.

“It is hard to look at positives when you lose like that. We have tried to build an upward momentum and it didn’t come off today. If you don’t lose, you don’t learn.”


Hampshire v Lancashire (Ageas Bowl)

Lancashire 115/2 (25.3 overs) beat Hampshire 162 all out (43.1 overs) by 51 runs (DLS)

Luke Wells scored an impressive List A best 66 not out as unbeaten Lancashire completed a comfortable 51-run Royal London Cup victory, on Duckworth Lewis Stern regulations, against Hampshire at the Ageas Bowl.

Heavy rain arrived at 4.35pm, preventing any further play after Lancashire had reached 115 for 2 from 25.3 overs in reply to Hampshire’s 162 all out, with Wells hitting 12 fours in a superb 62-ball knock to put his side well ahead on DLS.

But the win was really set up by Lancashire’s brilliant effort in the field earlier in the day, with Tom Bailey (3 for 23) and George Balderson (3 for 25) the stand-out performers.

Bailey, Lancashire’s captain, led by example with a six-over new ball spell of 2 for 18 and later the wicket of Hampshire’s top-scorer Lewis McManus, who batted with skill and spirit with six fours in a 51-ball 45.

McManus was ninth out, fighting a lone battle after Bailey and Balderson had undermined the innings after Lancashire won the toss and, with poor weather forecast, opted to bowl.

Bailey’s fast-medium accounted for Tom Alsop, well-held at point for 7 in the third over, and 18-year-old Tom Prest, caught at second slip for 9 pushing indeterminately forward.

Nick Gubbins looked in good order, quickly reaching 31 with six stroked fours, but then became the first of Balderson’s scalps when he carved to point.

Medium-pacer Balderson, settling into a probing line around off stump and finding a little seam movement, then had both Ian Holland and Joe Weatherley leg-before, for 1 and 17 respectively.

From 81 for 5, Hampshire were briefly rallied by McManus – who lofted Keaton Jennings over mid off for four and then cut him hard to the ropes – and James Fuller, who added 40.

But Fuller, on 17, became another Hampshire batsman to depart playing across the line, lobbing a straightforward return catch to the pacy Liam Hurt off a leading edge as he tried to work to mid wicket.

Danny Lamb had Felix Organ lbw for 7, with a full ball angled into his pads, and Scott Currie was smartly stumped by George Lavelle for 2 when slow left arm spinner Jack Morley beat the outside edge as Currie advanced down the pitch.

Morley conceded just 10 runs from seven controlled overs, his excellent action catching the eye, but it was Lancashire’s seam attack that continued to do most of the damage – Bailey returning to snare McManus, caught at extra cover from another leading edge, and Lamb having Kyle Abbott caught behind for 9 to finish with 2 for 33.

Lancashire’s chase began edgily, in front of a good-sized crowd, with Josh Bohannon skying a pull at John Turner to mid wicket to go for 5, and Fuller reduced them to 44 for 2 when Jennings edged a fine ball behind in the fast bowler’s first over.

But former Sussex left-hander Wells soon eased any Lancashire fears. Having driven Holland’s medium pace for three fours in four balls in the 12th over, he then took two more boundaries from Fuller’s second over before hitting the same bowler exquisitely through extra cover and steering him to the third man ropes.

Rob Jones also batted with quiet assurance, moving to an unbeaten 24 from 41 balls while supporting Wells in an unbroken third wicket partnership of 71 in 13 overs that confirmed Lancashire’s superiority.

Match Summary

Hampshire 162/10 (43.1 ov)

Lancashire 115/2 (25.3 ov)

Lancashire won by 51 runs (D/L)

SCORECARD

Lancashire all-rounder George Balderson said: “I very much enjoyed it today and it’s nice to be out there playing and contributing. Coming on first change is a responsibility but you want to be in those situations and taking wickets for the team.

“Tom Bailey bowled superbly at the start and set up the whole game for us. We have found some nice early form in this competition and we’ve made a really good start despite quite a lot of travelling in the last week. 

“It’s been a good mix of players stepping up and putting in performances, which shows the depth in the squad we have at the moment. This competition is a great chance to win a trophy and for players to step up, so it’s a massive thing for us.” 

Hampshire’s first team manager Adrian Birrell said: “It was not a good day for us and 162 was nowhere near enough. We didn’t adapt to the conditions well enough and although it was a tricky pitch when we batted we played too much across the line at the straight ball and so we are also disappointed with our technical performance with the bat today.

“Losing the toss was also a factor, as we would have bowled first too, but all our game plans unravelled because we kept on losing wickets and never got any partnerships going. That was particularly disappointing, as was being bowled out well inside the 50 overs. We knew rain was coming later so we then had to take wickets to have any chance on DLS but Luke Wells played very well and chasing a low total meant they never needed to take risks."

 

Northamptonshire Steelbacks v Derbyshire (The County Ground Northampton)

Emilio Gay’s unbeaten 84 led Northamptonshire to an eight-wicket victory over Derbyshire, securing their first win of the Royal London Cup campaign.

The academy graduate saw the hosts over the line with three balls to spare in their chase for 178 for victory in a game reduced to 28 overs-a-side by morning rain.

The left-hander’s heroics came after the Steelbacks’ new-ball pairing of Curtley-Jack White and Ben Sanderson had taken four for 20 and three for 29 respectively, reducing Derbyshire to eight for four before Fynn Hudson-Prentice’s swashbuckling 64 gave the still winless visitors something to defend.

Derbyshire’s batting woes this season have been well documented, and they were in trouble from the very first ball when White’s lbw appeal against Mitch Wagstaff was upheld.

Sanderson’s first over brought greater carnage. Harry Came tried to hit the Steelbacks’ seamer over the top, only for Rob Keogh to pull off a stunning catch running back from mid-off.

The next ball ripped out Tom Wood’s off-stump and although Alex Hughes survived the hat-trick, it was three in four for Sanderson when  the Derbyshire skipper gloved one banged in short through to wicketkeeper Vasconcelos.

The visitors were in disarray, but Hudson-Prentice led a thrilling counter offensive, hooking Wayne Parnell for a huge six.

The all-rounder took three fours in an over from Freddie Heldreich and when the in-form Tom Taylor came on to try and halt the onslaught he too was hit for six over mid-on before Hudson-Prentice smote three fours back over the bowler’s head.

His 50 came off 37 balls before he took one swing too many at Graeme White and lost his off-stump, ending a fifth wicket stand of 106 with Brook Guest (45) who proved a perfect foil.

Another collapse followed as Anuj Dal, Alex Thomson and Guest were sent packing in rapid succession by Curtley-Jack White, but some late blows by Nils Priestley in a cameo of 25  gave Derbyshire hope.

Vasconcelos and Gay began steadily, the latter the more fluent, striking Dal back over his head for four as 50 came up in the ninth over.

Derbyshire fielded tigerishly pulling several shots back from the ropes, but the openers continued to accumulate and keep their side well up with the rate.

The hundred came up in the 16th over with Gay first to 50 from 41 balls with four fours,  Vasconcelos (50) reaching his half-century soon afterwards with the help of six boundaries, before the Northamptonshire skipper skied one to deep mid-off off Thomson, ending the stand at 105.

Ben Curran made only 12 and 27 were needed from the last three overs, but Keogh’s 33 from 16 balls including two huge sixes settled matters.

Match Summary

Northamptonshire  183/2 (27.3 ov)
Derbyshire  177/9 (28 ov)
Northants won by 8 wkts (3b rem)

Northamptonshire opener Emilio Gay who scored an unbeaten 84 said: "It went down to the last over so it was close-ish in the end, but we had wickets in hand and when you are in that position you don't need to panic so much because you know you have got room at the end to go harder.

"Rob played a great cameo and that epitomised his form in all formats of the game this year. Having someone like that to calm everything down is great to have at the other end.

"I just see myself as the person who bats long, plays his natural game and other people come in and bat around me. It is all about composure, building an innings and knowing when to go and when not to go. Sometimes I think we've gone a bit too hard too early, so it is all about taking it deep and being smart with our cricket.

 

Derbyshire head coach David Houghton said: "We're struggling to put sides out . We have lots of young players playing and sometimes we are being overawed by other teams.

"At 8-4 we could easily have put our head between our legs and been all out for 60. But we fought back well, put a score on the board and took it to the last over.

"Fynn (Hudson-Prentice) has had a tremendous tournament and he's played really well and made batting look easier than any player on either side and Brook Guest is getting some fantastic starts for us. I just need him now to go on for himself and get a big hundred because I think once he does, once he breaks that watershed, he'll break it a number of times."

Notts Outlaws v Leicestershire Foxes (Welbeck)

Nottinghamshire advanced their Royal London Cup ambitions in ruthless style, cruising past Leicestershire by seven wickets with almost 30 overs to balls to spare in front of an appreciative audience at Welbeck Cricket Club.

Skipper Peter Trego hit two sixes off pace bowler Chris Wright in his 31-ball 39, Ben Slater picked up six boundaries in his 38 and the young South African batter Matthew Montgomery 27 not out, reaching a target of 145 in 20.2 overs.

Earlier, Luke Fletcher had taken four for 30 and Dane Paterson three for 25 as Leicestershire were bowled out in 43.1 overs, 16-year-old leg-spinning all-rounder Rehan Ahmed top-scoring with 35 not out, the highest score of a fledgling senior career, as he and Ben Mike (34)  shared a 70-run stand for the eighth wicket.

In overcast conditions after Nottinghamshire had won the toss, Fletcher had Rishi Patel edging to second slip and nipped one back to bowl Harry Swindells in his first three overs, as well as having Lewis Hill dropped at second slip before he had scored.

Fletcher removed Marcus Harris, the Australian left-hander nicking behind for 16, and Hill had another escape a couple of balls later as a miscued pull fell just out of the reach of midwicket.

Paterson dismissed George Rhodes via a low catch to second slip before Fletcher, who ultimately bowled through for his full 10 overs, picked up his fourth wicket as an Arron Lilley prod outside off lodged in the gloves of the wicketkeeper. When Louis Kimber edged Paterson to first slip, Leicestershire were 53 for six in the 18th, which became 68 for seven as Hill departed for 25, a third victim for ‘keeper Dane Schadendorf a day after his 19th birthday.

Ahmed and Mike fought back, adding 70 for the eighth wicket with the teenager looking entirely unfazed in only his third senior game, but once Mike had been caught on the midwicket boundary, Slater parrying the ball into the air before ensuring his feet were the right side of the rope as he took the catch, the innings ended quickly, Ed Barnes playing across one from Trego before Chris Wright was caught behind.

Sol Budinger set the tone for the Outlaws chase by smashing three of his first 11 balls for four before edging behind as he went for another expansive drive, with Slater and Trego soon rattling along at a similar pace as the Powerplay overs yielded 62 for one compared with the Foxes’ 21 for two.

Trego pulled Wright for six and picked up another maximum from a steepling top edge and though both fell to quick succession, the double breakthrough won merely a stay of execution for Leicestershire before Montgomery and Lyndon James added 48 runs in 39 balls to finish the job.

After Trego feathered a catch behind shaping to cut Ahmed’s leg-spin, Slater perished in similar fashion to Budinger, having timed the ball superbly until then. Remarkably, it was the first time in seven completed innings in List A matches for Nottinghamshire that he had failed to pass fifty.

Match Summary

Nottinghamshire 145/3 (20.2 ov)

Leicestershire 144/10 (43.1 ov)

Nottinghamshire won by 7 wickets

SCORECARD

Nottinghamshire’s Luke Fletcher, who took four for 30, said:

“Our bowling this year in all formats has been really good. I think we’ve got the  strength in depth we have been looking for and some good young lads coming in and performing like senior players. To restrict them to 144 was a complete team performance, with some good catching in the slips and behind the wicket as well.

“Personally, it’s the first time in this competition I’ve bowled 10 overs on the bounce, although I’ve bowled long spells in red-ball cricket, but sometimes when you’re getting wickets it pays to keep going.

“What’s great about this competition is that games keep coming thick and fast. You’ve just got time to recover and there is another game coming up. We’ll just take it one match at a time but we’re happy with where we are.”

Leicestershire head coach Paul Nixon said:

“It was a huge toss to lose, on an out ground that has been wet and under cover for a couple of days, with humid, overcast conditions at the start. Every ball was doing something. It was one of those days where you wanted to play and miss, but we didn’t do too much of that unfortunately.”

“But credit to Fletcher. He bowled magnificently, stood that seam up tall, swung it and nipped it, with nine out of ten balls hitting the top of off stump, and he showed mental and physical skills to bowl 10 overs on the bounce and keep putting the ball in the right place.

“The sun came out later on and dried it off and we knew that unless we got three or  four wickets in the first eight overs it would be a tough ask for us.”

Somerset v Yorkshire Vikings (The Cooper Associates County Ground)

James Hildreth blasted a brilliant 61 off 34 balls as Somerset continued their strong defence of the Royal London Cup with a five-wicket victory over Yorkshire at Taunton. 

In a game reduced to 20 overs per side by rain, the visitors ran up 158 for five after losing the toss, Matthew Revis leading the way with his best List A score of 58 not out. 

Fellow teenager Will Luxton contributed an unbeaten 31 to an unbroken sixth-wicket stand of 69. Left-arm spinner Lewis Goldsworthy was the pick of the Somerset attack with one for 17. 

In reply, the hosts reached 159 for five with five balls to spare, Hildreth’s sparkling knock, including 5 fours and 4 sixes. 

A 5,000 crowd was kept waiting for some action as rain began falling moments before the first over could be bowled at 11am. Soon it became torrential and left casual water on the outfield. 

The majority of spectators stayed on. They were rewarded when the sun broke through and a major mopping up operation allowed play to start at 3.30pm. 

Yorkshire began poorly when Harry Duke was caught behind off Josh Davey, attempting a scoop shot, in the second over. 

Gary Ballance soon followed, bowled off his body by Kasey Aldridge, and at the end of the four-over powerplay the scoreboard read 38 for two. 

Will Fraine hit the first six of the innings over backward point off Aldridge and brought up the fifty up in the seventh over before being caught at deep square off the same bowler for 23. 

Jonathan Tattersall fell for a duck, advancing down the pitch to Goldsworthy, and at halfway Yorkshire were 66 for four.  

Revis cleared the ropes at fine leg off Aldridge and George Hill smacked a straight six off Ben Green before being caught on 23 at deep square in the same over. 

From 89 for five in the 13th over, Revis and Luxton batted with great maturity, putting together a fifty stand in 31 balls. Revis moved to his own half century off 35 deliveries, with 4 fours and 2 sixes. 

Somerset were 25 for one off their first four overs, losing Steve Davies, caught at cover looking to hit a third boundary in succession off Ben Coed. 

Rookie Sam Young played well for his 25 before falling to Revis in the eighth over and by mid-innings the home side were well-placed at 75 for two. 

Seventeen-year-old James Rew marred a promising debut with an injudicious reverse sweep that saw him caught for 20 by Gary Ballance at backward point off Jack Shutt. 

Hildreth had survived a difficult chance to Balance at mid-off when on 15 and began to take charge, reverse sweeping off-spinner Shutt for four and then six off successive balls. 

He followed up with an off-driven boundary in the same over, the 14th of the innings, and then cracked another six off Revis to put his side in sight of a third victory from four group games, the other being a no-result. 

Goldsworthy made a useful 21 in a match-clinching stand of 66 with Hildreth and a couple of late wickets for Matthew Waite proved too little too late. 

Match Summary

Somerset 159/5 (19.1 ov)

Yorkshire 158/5 (20 ov)

Somerset won by 5 wkts (5b rem)

SCORECARD

Somerset match-winner James Hildreth said: "It was hard to know what a good score was because while it was the same as a T20 game in terms of overs, there was an extra fielder in the ring.

"I just went out with the intention of whacking it. I had a bit of luck when I was dropped, but that's cricket and you have to make the most of it.

"It is a new team with so many youngsters involved, so we don't really know how good we are. I feel like a father figure in all competitions, but in this one there are so many talented kids showing that the future is really bright for Somerset cricket."

Yorkshire top-scorer Matthew Revis said: "It was a proud day for me getting my first half-century for Yorkshire. We thought if we could post 160 it would be a challenging total and we came up just short of that.

"We still fancied our chances when bowling, but in the end came up against a very experienced player. There were lessons to be learned, as in our previous games, but we feel we are making progress as a side and if that continues, we will qualify from the group."


 

Sussex Sharks v Gloucestershire (The 1st Central County Ground)

Gloucestershire kept alive their Royal London Cup chances with their second win in four matches when they beat Sussex by three runs in a thrilling match at the 1st Central County Ground.  Sussex, though, without a win in five games, saw their chances fade away.

But an heroic half-century from 19-year-old wicketkeeper-batsman Ollie Carter almost snatched an astonishing victory for Sussex after they looked out of the contest at 141 for eight.  The one-top order Sussex batsman to play an innings of substance was Ben Brown, who scored a fine 63 from 78 deliveries, with six fours.  But the other big guns Travis Head and David Wiese failed and it looked all over when Brown played on to Jared Warned as he tried to run the ball down to third man to make it 124 for six.

Dan Ibrahim and Will Beer soon perished.  But then a partnership of 62 between Carter, going in No 7, and No 10 Archie Lenham almost took Sussex to a famous victory.  Carter faced just 48 balls for his 59 and hit five fours and three sixes as 20 came off one Matt Taylor over.

When Carter was out, yorked by Warner, 15 runs were still needed but 17-year-old Lenham and last man Henry Crocombe kept Sussex alive with six needed off two overs.  Then Lenham was run out by Tom Lace’s fine throw going for a second run off the fifth ball of the penultimate over.  If they had settled for one Lenham would have needed to score just four off the last over.

The best Gloucestershire batting came at the end, with a stand of 71 for the sixth wicket in nine overs between Jack Taylor and George Scott but they only really got after the Sussex bowling in the dying overs.

Taylor left it late to show his clean-hitting skills as he reached his first 50 of the summer off 60 deliveries, with three ours and a six. Scott made 38 off 28 balls, with two fours and a six.

The most fluent Gloucestershire batting came from their opener Ben Charlesworth, who hit seven fours in an innings full of fluent drives that looked destined to produce a major score.

At 71 for three from 17 overs there was a 70-minute rain break which resulted in the match being turned into a 42-over affair.  The Gloucestershire batsmen were expected to increase the tempo when play resumed but they were strangled by the trio of Sussex spinners, Beer,  Lenham and James Coles.  The very consistent Beer was exceptional with figures of 2-30 from nine overs.

Match Summary

Sussex 214/10 (40.5 ov)

Gloucestershire 218/8 (42 ov)

Gloucestershire won by 3 runs (D/L method)

SCORECARD

Ollie Carter (Sussex) “It was bitter sweet at the end for me.  Not so much for the dressing room because obviously we didn’t get over the line.  But on another day we will easily get over the line and it will be a great feeling in the dressing room.  It was very tense at the end.  A lot of people didn’t want to watch.  It was really exciting and that’s what cricket’s all about, coming down to the last over or two.  It was brilliant to watch really.

“Archie and I just went over by over, figuring out what we needed to do when. Getting the run rate down was a massive target for us.  So when we got it down to seven or eight overs it was just ticking along.”   

Tom Smith (Gloucestershire) I was so pleased to get over the line there.  I felt very sorry for Archie Lenham at the end.  It must have been tough for the young kid.  We probably should have closed it out slightly earlier.  But credit to the players in the end.  The difficult thing in this tournament is you get players you haven’t come across.  We were caught on the hop.  We didn’t realise Ollie Carter had that power game all round the ground.  He played well.  I don’t think we bowled badly.  That ball from Jared was a game changer in the end.” 

Worcestershire Rapids v Middlesex (New Road)

Stephen Eskinazi’s brilliant century and List A best score helped Middlesex registered their first win of the season in the Royal London Cup and inflicted a first setback – by 13 runs - on Worcestershire Rapids at New Road.

Eskinazi returned to action after recovering from a groin injury and marked his first appearance of the summer in the competition by racing to three figures off just 83 balls.

He went onto make 130 from 101 balls with four sixes and 11 fours as Middlesex totalled 302-5 in a game reduced to 41 overs per side.

Brett D’Oliveira continued his fine form with a top score of 74 for the Rapids and Tom Fell and Jake Libby also hit half centuries.

But Middlesex always just held the edge and there were two wickets apiece for Thilan Walallawita, James Harris and Luke Hollman as the Rapids closed on 289-7.

Middlesex opted to bat on a used pitch and openers Max Holden and Eskinazi added 65 before the former on 39 edged Adam Finch through to keeper Gareth Roderick.

Eskanazi struck Charlie Morris and Baker for sixes on his way to a 49 ball half century and he was full of improvisation.

Robson was equally effective in reaching his 50 off 48 deliveries.

The partnership was worth 129 in 19 overs when Robson (57) fell to a low catch by Fell at mid on off Ed Barnard.

Eskinazi completed his century off 83 balls with a risky two to backward of point and Roderick was convinced he had run him out before he made his ground at full stretch.

It was a near faultless innings containing four sixes and seven fours.

He passed his previous best of 107 against Gloucestershire two years ago and went onto make 130 before he was caught behind off a leading edge against Leach.

Martin Andersson bludgeoned 38 not out off only 11 balls to take the final total past 300 with 39 coming from the final two overs.

Worcestershire openers Jack Haynes and D’Oliveira had put on a club record 243 in the previous game against Essex but this time had to be content with a modest 37 before the former on 17 went for a cut and edged James Harris through to keeper Robbie White.

D’Oliveira completed a 53 ball fifty and the 100 partnership with Fell spanned 83 balls.

D’Oliveira moved onto 74 but then was caught at long off attempting another big hit off Hollman.

It ended a stand of 116 in 15 overs with Fell who reached his own 50 off 55 balls but added only eight more before he was caught off a skier at backward point off Hollman.

There were useful cameos from Roderick, on 23, and Barnard, with 18, and Libby had time to complete a 44 ball fifty before he was dismissed by Harris

Match Summary

Worcestershire  289/7 (41 ov)
Middlesex  302/5 (41 ov)
Middlesex won by 13 runs

Middlesex century-maker, Steve Eskinazi, said: “One of your best innings? I would say so, particularly after a couple of weeks off (with a groin injury).

“It has been really difficult watching the boys and I haven’t really been injured too much in my career.

“It challenged me and I am really glad to contribute when I came back towards a great win.

“Also particularly because of the situation the club find themselves in, especially in this competition.

“We have the skill and the talent to win games of cricket but it is up to guys like myself and Robbo (Sam Robson) and Pete (Handscomb) and senior players to start putting in performances to back that up.

“To go out and do that, kind of showed people that I’m here to try and drive this competition and drive us forward and is really pleasing.”

 

Worcestershire batsman Tom Fell, who struck a half century, said: “It was fairly close at the end. Obviously we are disappointed, seeing how close we actually got, but it was another good game of cricket and luckily we had a lot of fans in supporting us again.

“There is a balance. You want to go out (from the start) and be as positive as you can and things didn’t quite happen for us early on. We did dig in a little bit and managed to take it as deep as we could.

“It was always going to be a tough chase but, on another day, we would back ourselves to do it. We did our best and unfortunately it wasn’t to be today.

“Brett (D’Oliveira) played brilliantly again. He really took it to them, especially once he got to 40-50. He really started to get the pace of the wicket and struck it nicely.

“He will be disappointed he didn’t carry on because, if he had stayed there, I think we would have won that game comfortably.

“Myself as well, a little disappointed not to bat a little bit longer and take it a little bit deeper. That’s probably what we lacked, one of us going on and making the chase a little bit more comfortable.”

 

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