Today we went to Worcester to see Worcestershire play Yorkshire in a Royal London One-Day Cup match at New Road. After staying in the highly recommended ‘Ye Olde Talbot’ overlooking the lovely Worcester cathedral we made our way to New Road, just alongside the river Severn. Due to the close proximity to the river, the ground has a long history of being flooded, lending Worcester their T20 nickname: the rapids.
Yorkshire batted first and made a solid start, reaching 55-0 at the end of the first ten overs. Hodd departed soon after but this only brought Glenn Maxwell, the ‘Big Show’, to the crease. He has had a very poor spell at Yorkshire and was looking to make up for that today. And made up for it he did, pulling out his full array of shots, as he blasted his way to a brilliant 76-ball 111, before he fell attempting to ramp a slower ball over the keeper. He was ably supported by stand-in skipper Alex Lees and the scratchy Gary Ballance (who never quite looked settled at the crease) as Yorkshire powered to a big score. Two wickets in two balls put the brakes on momentarily but a brilliant partnership from Leaning and Rashid, and a six from Plunkett first ball, lifted Yorkshire to a mammoth 345.
Worcester started their innings slowly and never got going, the only innings of note being Ross Whiteley’s 77 off 51 balls. He seems to like playing against Yorkshire as he scored a match winning 90 off 50 balls in the recent T20 and a century in the LVCC fixture between the two sides. Worcestershire were all out for 212, as Yorkshire were fantastic in the field, bowling tightly and fielding excellently, implementing two run-outs from direct hits. The catching was superb too, and nothing eluded Yorkshire in the field. All in all a clinical, flawless performance from a strong Yorkshire who are sure to pose a serious challenge to the title this year.
A quick reminder: the aim of this trip is to raise money for Shooting Star Chase Hospice, Middlesex CCC’s official charity partner, who do tremendous work in bettering the lives of children and their families for kids with terminal illnesses.
They need £9.5 million a year to maintain their brilliant service, and we would highly appreciate it if you could help them to continue their care, by donating here: