Warwickshire beat local rivals Worcestershire Rapids by 34 runs in RLC
Sam Hain achieved his highest List A score as Warwickshire overcame local rivals Worcestershire Rapids by 34 runs at Blackfinch New Road to register their first win in this summer’s Royal London One-Day Cup.
Hain confirmed his reputation as one of the most prolific batsmen in the 50 over format as the Bears totalled 315-5.
The 23-year-old completed his 10th century in just 54 innings and went onto score an unbeaten 161.
He rescued the Bears from an uncertain start to such an extent that they registered their highest ever score in white ball matches between the two counties.
Skipper Jeetan Patel was then the driving force behind a spectacular Worcestershire collapse from 86-0 to 145-7.
Tom Fell and Wayne Parnell led a partial recovery with half centuries before Worcestershire were bowled out for 281 in 47.2 overs.
It was their second defeat in the tournament although they remain in strong contention for a place in the knockout stages.
Hain came to the wicket at 17-1 and his side were wobbling at 62-3 in the 15th over.
The England Lions batsman proceeded to dominate proceedings, working the ball around into the gaps so effectively that his 110 balls century included only six fours and a six.
But Hain then switched into another mode to such an extent that his final 61 runs came off only 31 balls.
He surpassed his Warwickshire best of 109 against Derbyshire at Derby in 2017 and then overtook his highest List A score of 145 not out for the Lions against West Indies A at Derby last summer.
Hain was given substantial support by Liam Banks (44) and Alex Thomson (33) in partnerships of 99 in 17 overs and 103 in 14 overs for the fourth and fifth wickets respectively.
Warwickshire overhauled their 304-5 against their local neighbours at Blackfinch New Road in 2017.
Josh Tongue made the first breakthrough when Ed Pollock (13) sliced a delivery to Charlie Morris at third man.
Morris then accounted for Dominic Sibley (5) who clipped a delivery to mid wicket where Tom Fell held onto the chance away to his right.
It became 62-3 when Will Rhodes (20) nicked a Wayne Parnell delivery and keeper Ben Cox held onto a superb catch away to his left.
Hain then took centre stage and Banks was a valuable ally before Cox held a more straightforward chance off Morris.
There was one let-off for Hain on 90 with Daryl Mitchell failing to hold on to the chance at mid-wicket off Ed Barnard.
Parnell enjoyed a second success as Thomson holed out at cover but Hain and Aaron Thomason added 51 from the final four overs.
Worcestershire were given a flying start by Hamish Rutherford (42) and Riki Wessels (37) who put on 86 in 13 overs.
But then a dramatic collapse ensued as five wickets fell for 18 runs – three to Patel in an initial spell of 7-3-17-3.
The New Zealander made the first breakthrough by bowling Wessels and then Rutherford gloved a delivery from Thomason and was caught behind by Alex Mellor – deputising in this game for the injured Tim Ambrose.
Mitchell (2) was run out by Hain’s direct hit running in from point attempting a quick single off Thomason and then Patel struck in successive overs.
D’Oliveira (1) played across the line and was yorked and Cox (0) swept into the hands of square leg.
The procession of wickets continued as Ross Whiteley (13) drove Oliver Hannon-Dalby to mid-on and Ed Barnard (6) nicked the same bowler through to Mellor.
There was the consolation for Worcestershire of Fell (53) hitting his first half century of the season before he was stumped off Patel after adding 64 with Parnell.
Parnell also completed his first fifty of the campaign from 40 balls and he and Tongue brought up a half century partnership in five overs.
Tongue (34) eventually perished at mid-on off Thomson but Parnell (76) went down fighting with successive sixes off Hannon-Dalby before he was caught in the deep against Henry Brookes.
Warwickshire batsman Sam Hain, who hit a career best List A score of 161 not out, said: “I did enjoy it. I’ve been a little bit light of runs in the one-day stuff so far.
“I tried to put a bit of a performance on for the boys and it was nice from a personal point and as a team of view to put the boys in a decent position.
“The wicket was a little bit tacky. There was a bit of moisture underneath so I found it hard initially to put pressure back on the bowlers.
“I made the decision to see it through (that period) and then try and catch up at the back end of the innings.
“It was nice it came off. I got a bit of luck early on but I will take it.
“You know with Worcestershire that they are going to come hard when they bat but it was up to us to hold their skills (in check) and hold our nerve.
“Good on the lads for getting the job done and we will take that momentum into the next game.
“We are a young group in List A cricket and I know the members will be happy and proud of us.
“As long as we are learning, that is the main thing. We didn’t get everything right but onwards and upwards and we will take confidence from this result.
Worcestershire First Team Coach Alex Gidman said: “What are my thoughts? Probably a little bit of disappointment overall. The lads will feel they’ve just missed on an opportunity to get another win.
“Credit to Sam Hain. That really was a genuinely good innings and they managed to wrestle back momentum really well after our start.
“I’m all for learning how we can get better but at the same time you’ve sometimes got to accept that someone or a team has played extremely well and that innings was very good and got them to what, in our opinion, was an over-par score.
“Credit to Jeetan Patel and the way he captained there in a 10 over period. I thought he led their team superbly well.
“He took a bit of a risk and we didn’t quite have the skill set today to get over that and over the line.”
Worcestershire - Hamish Rutherford, Riki Wessels, Tom Fell, Daryl Mitchell, Brett D'Oliveira(c), Ben Cox(wk), Ross Whiteley, Ed Barnard, Wayne Parnell, Josh Tongue, Charlie Morris
Warwickshire - Ed Pollock, Dominic Sibley, Sam Hain, Will Rhodes, Liam Banks, Alex Thomson, Aaron Thomason, Alex Mellor(wk), Henry Brookes, Jeetan Patel(c), Oliver Hannon-Dalby
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