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Worcestershire finally got past Durham to finish first in the North Group points table and consequently managed to secure a home quarter-final. They'll host Gloucestershire at Worcester in third quarter-final of the T20 Blast on 25th August 2018. Despite facing unexpected defeats in their final two league matches, Gloucestershire managed to sneak into the top-four with 18 points garnered with 8 wins and two no-results. Worcestershire, too, had a shaky end to the group stage with two losses in the last three matches. With both teams are in not the best of the forms, it would be interesting to see which team does better on the d-day at Worcester.
Despite a couple of losses in the last week of the league stage, Worcestershire managed to edge past Durham to secure a home game, on the basis of net run rate. Their win against Birmingham Bears, riding on the scintillating century by Moeen Ali, took them to a mammoth total which the Bears failed to achieve.
Moeen Ali was pretty severe against his former teammates as he raced to his maiden T20 ton and eventually finished on 115 runs which took just 56 deliveries. He lifted the Rapids to 209 runs total with twelve fours and seven sixes. He was assisted by small but useful cameos by Ben Cox and Joe Clarke who scored 27 and 32 respectively. The Bears' most successful bowler was Poysden, who will be moving to Yorkshire after the end of the season.
Worcestershire bowlers toiled hard but were eventually successful as they continued to pick wickets at regular intervals. The game was well in the balance until the beginning of 17 overs with 55 required for the Bears to win in the final four overs. However, Wayne Parnell dismissed Grant Elliot in the penultimate over and Brown defended 20 off the last over with commendable composure. Brown finished with the match-winning figures of 4-0-23-2.
Joe Clarke, Moeen Ali, Callum Ferguson, Brett D Oliveira, Ben Cox, Ross Whiteley, Ed Barnard, WD Parnell, Daryl Mitchell, Luke Wood, Patrick Brown.
Gloucestershire became only the second team in this edition of T20 Blast as they lost to Hampshire in their last group game. Coming off a defeat against Surrey in the game prior to that, Gloucestershire batsmen never looked confident with the bat.
Barring Michael Klinger, Benny Howell, and Ryan Higgins, no one in their batting order appeared comfortable against the sharp and accurate bowling of Mark Wood. Dale Steyn, too, was impressive as he dismissed two Gloucestershire batsmen. With no major contribution with the bat, Gloucestershire were left to defend a paltry total of 144.
It was very much possible, given the way Hampshire batting had failed in the tournament. James Vince, Rilee Rossouw, and Sam Northeast negated any assistance Gloucs' bowlers had from the surface and cruised to the target with twenty 19 balls to spare and six wickets in hand. Although Howell, Payne, and Lintott picked up the wickets, no one barring Howell was able to contain Hants which eventually led to their defeat. The defeat didn't change much as far as their fate of the tournament is concerned, but Gloucestershire will need to step up their game if they have to get past Worcestershire Rapids.
MAH Hammond, M Klinger, IA Cockbain, Benny Howell, JW Taylor, Ryan Higgins, GH Roderick, AJ Tye, Jacob Lintott, DA Payne, MD Taylor.
Their most successful bowler was Poysden, who will be moving to Yorkshire after the end of the season. He
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