Ali half century gives disappointing Royals hope
The Worcestershire Royals disappointing start to this years Friends Provident t20 continued at the County Ground after they were restricted to a total of just 127-7 by the Derbyshire Falcons.
Moeen Ali (67) scored a well deserved half century for the Royals but having lost 3 early wickets the visitors struggled to set the Falcons a big total.
Having been put into bat by Falcons skipper Greg Smith; the Royals got off to the worst possible start losing opener Phil Jacques from the very first delivery of the game which was bowled by Charl Langeveldt.
The mood inside the Royals dugout turned to despair two overs later when Sanath Jayasuriya (9) was caught by Smith to leave the visitors 14-2 after Tim Groenewald had struck.
With the lose of Jacques; Ali came to the crease to play an important role for the Royals who have only won one game in this years Friends Provident t20.
With limited support from Alexei Kervezee (17), Daryll Mitchell (3) and James Cameron (10); Ali recorded a well deserved half century coming from just 42 balls.
Having past 50 Ali increased the run rate reaching 67 before he was trapped LBW by Steffan Jones to leave the Royals 123-6.
Having picked up a wicket with his first delivery of the game Langeveldt returned to bowl the last over and claimed his second wicket of the night after he bowled Gareth Andrew (0) with his second delivery.
Ben Scott (1) joined Jack Manuel (15) at the crease for the final 4 delivers of the inning which saw the pair add another 4 runs to leave the Falcons chasing a total of only 128 ford victory.