Worcestershire v Northamptonshire

Worcestershire captain Gareth Batty must have being rueing his decision to bat first as his side were ripped apart by the Northants Steelbacks at New Road.

After winning the toss and electing to bat the Royals top order were blown away by Matthew Nicholson and Ben Philips who both ended the innings with three wickets a piece.

It was only when Zaheer Khan came to the crease that the Royals started to find the boundaries, Khan partnered by tail enders Ray Price and Matt Mason dragged the Royals to 86 before Khan was caught by Ganguly off the bowling of Nicholson.

With such a low total to defend the Royals needed to strike early but Steelbacks openers Sourav Ganguly and Usman Afzaal slowly took their time as they looked to build the winning partnership.

Roger Sillence made the only breakthrough for the Royals picking up the wicket of Afzaal for only 8 before Ganguly and captain David Sales steered the Steelbacks to a 9 wicket victory, their first Twenty20 group win of the season.


Twenty20 Cup, 2006, Midlands/West/Wales Division
Worcestershire v Northamptonshire
County Ground, New Road, Worcester
30 June 2006 (20-over match)

Result: Northamptonshire won by 9 wickets
Points: Northamptonshire 2, Worcestershire 0

Toss: Worcestershire
Umpires: NL Bainton and TE Jesty
Worcestershire innings                                          R   M   B  4 6
L Vincent             c White            b Nicholson            2   3   5  0 0
GA Hick               lbw                b Phillips             2   9   6  0 0
BF Smith              c Ganguly          b Nicholson            0   1   2  0 0
+SM Davies            c Sales            b Phillips            10   9   9  2 0
SC Moore              st Wessels         b Panesar             13  31  23  1 0
*GJ Batty                                b Phillips             1   1   2  0 0
DKH Mitchell          run out                                   0   0   1  0 0
RJ Sillence           lbw                b Brown               11  23  23  1 0
Z Khan                c Ganguly          b Nicholson           26  28  21  4 0
RW Price                                 b Ganguly             10  13  15  1 0
MS Mason              not out                                   7  10  10  1 0
Extras                (lb 3, w 1)                               4
Total                 (all out, 19.3 overs)                    86

FoW: 1-3 (Vincent), 2-4 (Smith), 3-5 (Hick), 4-16 (Davies),
     5-18 (Batty), 6-18 (Mitchell), 7-40 (Moore),
     8-42 (Sillence), 9-63 (Price), 10-86 (Khan).

Bowling                      O      M      R      W
Phillips                     4      0     12      3
Nicholson                    3.3    1     12      3
Ganguly                      4      0     21      1
Panesar                      4      0     23      1
Brown                        4      0     15      1 (1w)

Northamptonshire innings (target: 87 runs)                      R   M   B  4 6
U Afzaal              c Vincent          b Sillence             8  18  15  1 0
SC Ganguly            not out                                  44  59  53  5 0
*DJG Sales            not out                                  34  40  31  4 1
Extras                (w 1)                                     1
Total                 (1 wickets, 16.3 overs)                  87

To Bat: BM Shafayat, +MH Wessels, L Klusener, BJ Phillips,
        AR White, MJ Nicholson, MS Panesar, JF Brown.

FoW: 1-19 (Afzaal).

Bowling                      O      M      R      W
Khan                         3      0     15      0 (1w)
Sillence                     2      0      6      1
Mason                        3.3    0     16      0
Price                        3      0     20      0
Mitchell                     2      0     12      0
Batty                        2      0     12      0
Vincent                      1      0      6      0
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