Royal London One-Day Cup 2021: All the Match Scores, Results, Reports and Scorecards for Thursday, July 29th
Royal London One-Day Cup 2021: All the Match Scores, Results, Reports and Scorecards for Thursday, July 29th
Thursday, July 29, 2021
Worcestershire Rapids 338/7 beat Essex Eagles 156 by 182 runs
Jack Haynes and Brett D’Oliveira notched their maiden Royal London Cup centuries during a record first-wicket partnership as Worcestershire Rapids demolished Essex Eagles.
Haynes was flawless in his maiden professional ton of 153 while his opening partner’s 123 made him the third generation of D’Oliveira to reached three figures for Worcestershire in the format.
Their stand of 243, a best for the first wicket for the county, laid the foundations of a mammoth total of 338 for seven.
Essex collapsed to 17 for four in reply, and despite Adam Wheater’s 77, were bowled out for 156 and lost by 182 runs – their highest ever defeat.
The Rapids maintained their 100 per cent record in the tournament while the Eagles lost for the first time.
Having been put in by Essex, D’Oliveira and Haynes strutted against a depleted home bowling line-up – with Sam Cook at The Hundred and Jamie Porter injuring his side during the victory over Middlesex.
D’Oliveira won the race to a half-century, smashing his 54th ball into the Tom Pearce Stand at wide long-on, before Haynes followed in 57 deliveries – for Haynes it was his third fifty in as many innings in the competition.
D’Oliveira also reached his hundred first, off 95 balls, but Haynes was quicker, in 91 balls, as both passed the milestone for the first time in professional white-ball cricket.
The incredible stand ended on 243, a best for Worcestershire of any stand against Essex, when D’Oliveira picked out wide long-on.
That started a wicket tumble as Rapids lost seven wickets for 68 runs in 69 balls.
Joe Leach was lbw to Aron Nijjar, Tom Fell was caught on the square leg boundary, Jake Libby was brilliantly run out by Simon Harmer and Ed Barnard was caught behind attempting a reverse sweep.
Haynes continued to accelerate, bunting over the long-off boundary and a sweet strike straight down the ground for two sixes – the latter off Shane Snater, who returned Essex’s third most expensive List A bowling figures with his one for 83.
The only chance he offered was a diving effort to Jack Plom at backward point on 151 before he was finally stumped off Harmer for 153 off 128 balls.
Gareth Roderick scooped to fine leg but Joshua Dell’s 27 off 24 helped Rapids back up to a total befitting the opening stand.
Essex’s top-order collapse was even more emphatic as they slumped to 17 for four in the first six overs of the reply.
Will Buttleman was yorked fourth ball by Charlie Morris before Joe Leach has Tom Westley bowled, Michael Pepper feathering behind and Ryan ten Doeschate leg before to an in-ducker.
Wheater was dropped on 16 and 23 both by Dell at cover during a 70-run stand with Alastair Cook before Ed Barnard took two wickets in two balls – Cook clothing to mid off for 42 and Harmer caught behind – to keep the win predictor firmly pointing towards the visitors.
Wheater accelerated after Cook’s dismissal but eventually holed out to long-on, Nijjar holed out to long-on, Snater chipped to midwicket and Plom was stumped – the last three wickets falling to that man D’Oliveira (three for eight).
Essex Eagles head coach Anthony McGrath:
“We didn’t see anything in the chase to suggest we didn’t want to chase but it was just one of those days with the bat and the ball where we could have been better.
“Also we have to give credit to Worcestershire. Their opening pair didn’t take any risks and at 243 for none you have to take your hat off to them.
“Ironically we were happy at half way because we clawed it back in the last 19 overs and the way we batted on Sunday we had a chance of chasing them down but losing early wickets was hard from there.
“We are disappointed with the result but there will be no knee jerk reactions.”
Worcestershire Rapids all-rounder Brett D’Oliveira, who scored 123 and took three for eight:
“It is one of those days which we’ll look back on at the end of our careers and be really chuffed with. It was fantastic to bat with Jack, the manner he went about it was brilliant.
“Jack carries himself like a seasoned pro. He has worked on his game tirelessly. He is very encouraging and looking to move forward with his plans.
“You always try and go out and score as many runs as you can and today it came off. I’m really chuffed with the win.
“Coming on at the end with them needing 9.5 runs an over they were always going to come at me. I am chuffed to take three wickets but it isn’t me who did the damage; the credit should go to the seamers at the start.”
Worcestershire Rapids batter Jack Haynes, who scored 153:
“In the Powerplay as soon as there was any width we threw our hands at it and then we found the gaps today where on another day it would have gone straight to fielders.
“I would like to carry that pitch around with me! At the start it was a little bit stoppy and took a few balls to get used to.
“We had a few little chats talking about how we needed to take it deep as it was a difficult wicket to get in on – shown by the flurry of wickets.
“I think it was a reasonable total but with the side Essex have you are a little wary that a couple of them could have come good and get close to us. Anything over 300 we’re happy with in 50-over cricket but anything is chaseable nowadays.
“It has been a good competition so far for me but I was a little disappointed not to go on and get a big one so today was a monkey off the back and a bit of relief and happiness.”
Warwickshire completed back-to-back Royal London Cup wins with a pulsating seven-run victory over Leicestershire at Edgbaston.
Chasing the Bears' 303 for six, the Foxes were motoring at 216 for two in the 35th over but collapsed to 296 for nine with home captain Will Rhodes taking three for 49 and George Garrett three for 50.
Warwickshire were lifted over 300 by a maiden List A century from Matt Lamb (119 not out, 105 balls). After Rob Yates's stylish 72 (72 balls), Lamb and Ethan Brookes (63, 65 balls) added a Bears List A sixth-wicket record stand of 153.
Foxes openers Patel (118, 107 balls) and Harry Swindells (69, 71 balls) then gave their side the perfect start with a stand of 159 in 25 overs but some careless shots, punished by careful catching, set in motion a costly collapse.
After choosing to bat, Warwickshire lost Ed Pollock, bowled by Dieter Klein, second ball. Yates and Rhodes then added 53 in eight overs before Arron Lilley hit Rhodes's off-stump.
Yates batted beautifully and it was a surprise when, having just smote a straight six, he sought another in the next over, off Rehan Ahmed, and found Marcus Harris at long on.
When George Rhodes trapped Jake Bethell lbw, it was 121 for five, but Lamb batted with assurance and Brookes was immediately assertive. Their alliance reversed the momentum until a superb diving catch by Patel at extra cover removed Brookes.
Lamb posted a 94-ball hundred to become the third Bear, after Yates and Pollock, to score maiden List A tons in successive games.
It was a tall target for the Foxes but Patel and Swindells made swift inroads, scoring 100 in 15 overs. Each hit six fours on the way to 50, from 39 and 55 balls respectively, Patel also striking two sixes.
Swindells fell lbw when he missed a pull at Bethell and, though Harris was soon run out by Brookes, the Foxes looked well set but Patel's departure, caught at deep mid-wicket by Lamb off Manraj Johal, triggered freefall.
Wicketkeeper Burgess took centre stage with catches to remove Lewis Hill, George Rhodes, Lilley and Louis Kimber and suddenly the Foxes' last two wickets needed to find 38.
When Garrett bowled Klein, last pair Chris Wright and Ed Barnes needed 17 from nine balls. Fittingly, Rhodes closed the game out with a tight last over of a true captain's spell of bowling.
Warwickshire batsman Matt Lamb, who scored his maiden List A century, said:
"It was a brilliant day. It was a nice personal milestone for myself but it always tastes a bit sweeter when we win. What a great game of cricket, first and foremost - to pull that back like we did in the field was brilliant. A lot of credit has to go to the bowlers.
"I really enjoyed batting out there with Ethan. We had quite a bit of time to bat and, in that situation, you can get yourself in and it's quite easy to tick over at times. Me and Ethan said we have some time so let's just knock it about a bit and then we can go for it at the back end. That's what we did, in particular Ethan - I thought his intent was brilliant all innings.
"What a game of cricket to play in. All season we have got in positions where we have been behind in games but, starting with that win at Trent Bridge in the championship all those months ago, I just feel like at the minute at this club, it doesn't matter where we are in games, we can drag them back from anywhere. "
Leicestershire head coach Paul Nixon said:
"I am absolutely distraught about that. Words fail me. The players should be distraught because that was unprofessional and it was soft.
"We played soft cricket. We had the game won. Rishi and Harry played beautifully up front but then we had some very soft dismissals. They had done the hard work and got it down to five an over on a fantastic pitch with a lovely outfield against a second string attack, with respect to them, but we never took it deep and grabbed a partner.
"We've just thrown the game away. This was a really important game for us because a win would have put us right in the mix. I'm devastated."
Durham vs Gloucestershire
Durham 335/4 (50 ov)
Gloucestershire 336/6 (49.4 ov)
Result - Gloucestershire won by 4 wickets
Durham skipper Scott Borthwick said: "Graham Clark was amazing as was Alex Lees. The way they played at the top set us a great platform. The lads that came in after that assessed the wicket and played well. I thought we had enough to win the game, 335 was more than enough on that pitch.
"Unfortunately, it wasn't in the end. It was an innings where we had it, then they had it. Bracey and Charlesworth had a great partnership, but then we got wickets at the right time. They needed 50 off five overs and we should have defended that. It's disappointing that we didn't do it, but it is a learning experience for us. Overall it was a decent performance, but we couldn't get over the line."
Gloucestershire's Jack Taylor said: "It was nice to get those deliveries out of the screws and get us over the line. We hadn't won in a while and it was nice to get a win on the board. We spoke before the over that I needed at least three of the balls to get us to the total considering that we were chasing 16. I knew I needed to get three out of the screws and thankfully that ended up happening. Rushworth did catch me off guard and I had to react because the field was set for a wide yorker. I managed to shuffle across and get it out of the middle to get the runs.
"Looking ahead we're not going to take any game or team for granted. I think this could be the start of something knowing these short format competitions if you can get on a roll and time it right things can be good."
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