Worcestershire seal first Final Day Appearance

After more than an age, Worcestershire sealed first Final Day Appearance at NatWest T20 Blast.

Worcestershire seal first Final Day Appearance

In a tense Vitality Blast quarter final at New Road, Worcestershire, through beating Gloucestershire by five wickets, ended fifteen years of draught.

Going through five defeats at the knockout stage, the Rapids, now, will make their first appearance on Finals Day at Edgbaston on September 15.

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Callum Ferguson, with solid fifty, navigated the hosts to overshadow Gloucestershire’s 136 with eight balls to spare after Worcestershire were rocked by losing three wickets very early in the innings.

Reaching his fifty off 33 balls striking six shots to go for four, Ferguson remained unbeaten scoring 64 from 47 balls.

Being defeated in their last two matches before appearing in the Vitality Blast quarter final in the South Group, Gloucestershire’s batting early in the match were dismantled by losing too many wickets at a time.

They lost seven wickets for 60 runs at one stage leaving no significant run scorer apart from three top order, Hammond (45 from 31 balls), Michael Klinger (24 from 23) and Ian Cockbain (35 from 29).

D’Oliveira spun to his competition best of four for 26 and Daryl Mitchell took one for 15.

In his first over, Oliveira had Michael Klinger edged. In his second ball, Benny Howell presented a catch again to him. In the third ball, he got rid of Ryan Higgins and Jack Taylor to set aside Gloucestershire batting in entire chaos. From 97 for five in 15 overs, they lost 3 extra wickets and added 39 runs.

Last but not the least, Worcestershire fielder’s also contributed with the pleasure of a long awaited final. Ed Barnard held three catches and made a direct hit from short cover, running out Cockbain.

Worcestershire captain Moeen Ali said he was very proud of his young team to overcome previous heartbreaking quarter final results of the team.

“It is really fantastic for the players to reach the finals particularly after they (Gloucestershire) got off to such a fantastic start,” he said. “It is a first time for the club and it is a great feeling for the boys.”

Gloucestershire skipper Klinger said, “We didn’t bat well enough. No one took responsibility like Callum Ferguson did for Worcestershire, guys getting 20 and 30 and not going on, including myself. We didn’t get a big enough total.

“It was one of those days. We kept getting out and couldn’t get that momentum,” Klinger lamented; “It was a good learning experience but disappointing. We came here expecting to win and expecting to be in Finals Day,” he said.

Brief Scores: Gloucestershire 136/eight in 20 overs (Miles Hammond 45; Brett D’Oliveira Four-26) beat Worcestershire 137/five in 18.five overs (Callum Ferguson 64*; Benny Howell 2-22) by way of five wickets.

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