WORCESTERSHIRE v GLAMORGAN

20th September 13:00 Vitality Blast Blackfinch New Road
190-3
V
196-4
Glamorgan win by 6 wickets
Selman and Douthwaite see Glamorgan to a six-wicket win at Worcester

A career-best 78 by Nick Selman plus three muscular sixes in the final over by Dan Douthwaite saw Glamorgan complete a stunning run chase - the second best in their history - to chase down a target of 191 with two balls to spare as the Welsh county defeated the Worcestershire Rapids by six wickets in their final group game in the Vitality Blast competition at New Road (writes Andrew Hignell)

The Welsh county named the same starting line-up which defeated Gloucestershire by 17 runs at Cardiff on Friday evening so it was Prem Sisodiya and Andrew Salter who opened the bowling to Hamish Rutherford and Jack Haynes. Sisodiya only conceded a single and had a loud appeal for l.b.w. against Haynes turned down before Rutherford lofted Salter for six over long-on followed by a pair of sweeps for four to fine-leg. The Kiwi then flayed Sisodiya over extra-cover for four before unfurling another sweep for six.

Rutherford then steered Timm van der Gugten through backward point before Haynes pulled a short ball from Ruaidhri Smith over mid-wicket for six as before being dropped at backward point as the Rapids reached 43-0 at the end of the powerplays. Two runs later Haynes was safely pouched by Dan Douthwaite at third man as he attempted to upper-cut van der Gugten.

Jake Libby joined Rutherford and began with some scampered singles as the scoring rate dropped. The New Zealander though upped the tempo with a pulled six, a straight driven four plus a sweep for four in successive deliveries from Salter to complete a 33-ball fifty, before Libby late-cut the off-spinner for four followed by a four to long-off against Wagg who was making his 99th appearance in the competition for the Welsh county.

Rutherford also cover drove Sisodiya when the left-arm spinner returned at the Diglis End before Libby twice late-cut the spinner to third man to bring up the 50-stand. Libby then swatted Smith to third man for four with Rutherford then drilling a free hit from Smith to third man for four before sweeping Sisodiya for another six. Libby posted another maximum as he off-drove Sisodiya before clubbing van der Gugten to the ropes at mid-wicket.

Rutherford struck another boundary as he flicked van der Gugten to fine-leg to bring up the 100-stand, but their stand ended as Libby swatted the Dutchman to Kiran Carlson at mid-wicket. Ross Whiteley then cut Wagg for four before pulling Smith for a legside four, prior to a fierce cut for four by Rutherford against van der Gugten to complete his hundred from 61 balls. Next ball he was caught by Salter at point before Ben Cox cover drove Wagg in the final over with Whiteley also clipping the left-armer to fine-leg as the Rapids ended on 190-3.

David Lloyd and Nick Selman began Glamorgan’s response with the former punching Charlie Morris off the back foot through extra-cover before scything him to the third man boundary, whilst the latter also on-drove him for four before clipping him to fine-leg. He then greeted the introduction of Pat Brown at the New Road End by cover-driving his first ball for four before later in the over pulling him for six.

Lloyd also cleared the ropes as he on-drove Adam Finch before flaying the next ball through extra-cover for four as the openers galloped to the 50-mark after 31 balls. Selman then on-drove successive balls from Brown for four before off-driving the next two deliveries for six and four followed by a pull for four as 23 came from the over with Glamorgan ending the powerplays on 72-0.

Lloyd then pulled Barnard for six before Selman completed his fifty from 26 balls with an on-drive for one. A fumbled piece of fielding at extra-cover gifted Lloyd another four as he drove at Daryl Mitchell’s cutters before Lloyd was nearly run out in Brett d’Oliveira’s opening over as Glamorgan reached 98-0 at the halfway stage. Another on-drive by Selman brought up the century stand before Lloyd ramped Barnard for four en route to a 34-ball . Selman found the ropes again as he swatted d’Oliveira for four to mid-wicket before Lloyd was dropped at long-off as he drove Mitchell but it was not an expensive miss as he holed out to deep mid-wicket next ball with the total on 120.

71 were needed off 44 balls as Andrew Balbirnie joined Selman who swept Mitchell for six to reach his best score in a T20 game before completing some swift singles as the equation became 53 from 30 balls. Balbirnie responded by drilling Barnard over extra-cover for four before lofting Finch to long-off for four as the task was reduced to 37 from the last three overs. Balbirnie then swept Brown for six before being caught at mid-wicket.

Carlson then departed first ball as Cooke joined Selman with 30 needed off 15 balls. He nudged his first ball for two followed by a single before Morris bowled the penultimate over. Cooke got an underedged single to fine-leg before Selman was caught at extra-cover to the next delivery. Cooke responded by lofting the bowler over mid-wicket for six before Douthwaite struck a fierce straight drive for four as Glamorgan’s task became 13 off the last over from Brown.

Douthwaite swatted the first ball for six over long-on before doing the same to the next delivery just over the heads of the mid-wicket fielders to level the scores. A dot ball then followed before Douthwaite ended the game, and the season, in the grand manner as he drilled Brown over long-off for another six as Glamorgan clinched a six-wicket victory. It was the second highest successful run-chase in the Club's history, and only surpassed by the 224-5 they made when beating the Essex Eagles at Chelmsford in 2017.

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