Worcestershire v Northamptonshire

The Northants Steelbacks made it 3 wins from 3 after a impressive 37 run victory over the Worcestershire Royals at New Road.

Pakistani Shoaib Akhtar, making his Worcestershire debut, took 1-33 as the visitors posted 180-6, with skipper David Sales hitting 59 off 45 balls.

Stephen Moore tried hard after losing fellow opener Graeme Hick for one, striking 53 off 50 balls.

But his efforts were not enough and the hosts managed only 143-8 in their 20 overs, Johann Louw returning 3-25.


Twenty20 Cup, 2005, Midlands/West/Wales Division
Worcestershire v Northamptonshire
County Ground, New Road, Worcester
27 June 2005 (20-over match)

Result: Northamptonshire won by 37 runs
Points: Northamptonshire 2, Worcestershire 0

Toss: Northamptonshire
Umpires: GI Burgess and MJ Kitchen
Northamptonshire innings                                        R   M   B  4 6
TW Roberts                               b Ali                  4  16   9  0 0
BM Shafayat                              b Ali                 26  26  17  5 0
*DJG Sales            c Moore            b Leatherdale         59  40  45  9 1
U Afzaal              run out                                  46  38  35  7 0
DG Wright             not out                                  20  14   8  1 2
BJ Phillips           c Batty            b Shoaib Akhtar        0   1   1  0 0
+MH Wessels           run out                                   7   3   4  1 0
TB Huggins            not out                                   3   1   2  0 0
Extras                (lb 1, w 12, nb 2)                       15
Total                 (6 wickets, 20 overs)                   180

DNB: J Louw, PS Jones, JF Brown.

FoW: 1-27 (Roberts), 2-50 (Shafayat), 3-136 (Sales),
     4-166 (Afzaal), 5-167 (Phillips), 6-174 (Wessels).

Bowling                      O      M      R      W
Shoaib Akhtar                4      1     33      1 (1nb, 1w)
Ali                          4      0     32      2 (3w)
Mitchell                     2      0     24      0 (2w)
Batty                        3      0     18      0
Leatherdale                  4      0     43      1
de Bruyn                     3      0     29      0

Worcestershire innings (target: 181 runs)                       R   M   B  4 6
SC Moore              c Phillips         b Brown               53  51  50  6 0
GA Hick               lbw                b Louw                 1  13   3  0 0
Kabir Ali             c Sales            b Jones               16  16  14  2 0
BF Smith              c Sales            b Phillips             1   3   2  0 0
Z de Bruyn                               b Louw                24  27  23  1 1
*GJ Batty             lbw                b Brown               12   5   8  0 1
DA Leatherdale        not out                                  18  15  13  2 0
SD Peters             run out                                   2   5   4  0 0
+DJ Pipe              c Sales            b Louw                 4   2   4  0 0
DKH Mitchell          not out                                   1   0   1  0 0
Extras                (b 4, lb 1, w 2, nb 4)                   11
Total                 (8 wickets, 20 overs)                   143

To Bat: Shoaib Akhtar.

FoW: 1-15 (Hick), 2-56 (Ali), 3-62 (Smith), 4-94 (Moore),
     5-109 (Batty), 6-128 (de Bruyn), 7-136 (Peters),
     8-141 (Pipe).

Bowling                      O      M      R      W
Wright                       4      0     28      0 (1nb, 1w)
Louw                         4      0     25      3
Phillips                     4      0     27      1 (1w)
Jones                        4      0     23      1 (1nb)
Brown                        4      0     35      2
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