Worcestershire v Gloucestershire
Kervezee Sees Worcestershire Home
Friends Life t20 -
07 July 2013
Worcestershire won by 5 wickets
Worcestershire overpowered Gloucestershire to register their first Friends Life t20 win of the season by five wickets at New Road.
Having restricted their neighbours to 119 for nine on a slow pitch, they got home with five overs to spare thanks to a return to form from Alexei Kervezee.
With only one half-century in 26 previous innings in all formats – that arriving in a Yorkshire Bank 40 meeting with his former Dutch team-mates – he held his focus in cruising to an unbeaten 42 from 32 balls.
Worcestershire dominated the game from the outset but created some pressure in the way they lost key wickets.
Moeen Ali, following a successful spell of two for 14 with his off-breaks, was going well on 22 when he swept Tom Smith to deep square leg and Andre Russell hit a rapid 18 before he was run out, ambling along with his bat off the ground when looking for a single off a new ball.
When Gareth Andrew chipped Smith to mid-wicket, giving the left-arm spinner two for 22, the home side were on 93 for five but Ben Cox (17 not out) completed the job with a straight six off Benny Howell.
Comprehensively beaten in their first two group games, Worcestershire selected three spinners in an attempt to take advantage of a dry, sparsely grassed surface.
The plan worked to perfection in the case of Moeen, who delivered 14 dot balls in four overs, but the seamers were not to be shut out of the action in reversing the previous week’s 48-run defeat at Bristol.
Michael Klinger, who won that match for Gloucestershire with an unbeaten century, gave Jack Shantry the first of two wickets in successive balls in the fourth over.
The Australian turned a simple chance to short mid-wicket and Chris Dent was stuck on the crease when caught by wicketkeeper Cox next ball.
There was soon to be another double with the last ball of one over and the first of the next. Cox grabbed another edge from Dan Christian and Alex Gidman was leg-before as Daryl Mitchell began a spell of three for 21.
Six batsmen got into double figures but no one could break free as Worcestershire backed up their bowlers with slick catching, none better than Kervezee’s overhead take from Howell in front of the rope at mid-wicket.
Gloucestershire won the toss and elected to bat.
Moeen Ali | Thilan Samaraweera | Alexei Kervezee | Daryl Mitchell | Andre Russell | Gareth Andrew | Oliver Cox | Joseph Leach | Brett D'Oliveira | Shaaiq Choudhry | Jack Shantry |
Hamish Marshall | Michael Klinger | Christopher Dent | Ian Cockbain | Daniel Christian | Alex Gidman | Benny Howell | James Fuller | Gareth Roderick | Tom Smith | David Payne |