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Hick knock sinks Gloucestershire

Twenty20 Cup, New Road:
Worcestershire 169-1 (18 overs) beat Gloucestershire 168-9 (20 overs) by nine wickets


Graeme Hick
Hick revelled in his role at the top of the Worcestershire batting order

Veteran Graeme Hick proved age is no barrier to Twenty20 Cup success as he steered Worcestershire to a nine-wicket win over Gloucestershire at New Road.

The 42-year-old hit an unbeaten 88 off 58 balls as the home side reached a target of 169 with two overs to spare.

Hick shared an opening stand of 143 with Vikram Solanki (51) and on 71, he passed 1,000 runs in the competition.

Marcus North top scored with 45 for the visitors but they then lost six wickets for 26 runs in a total of 168-9.

Worcestershire's bowlers were backed up by some superb fielding, with Ben Smith taking two difficult chances in the deep and Daryl Mitchell diving to his left at cover to catch Hamish Marshall for eight off Kabir Ali.

North and Chris Taylor (39) added 53 for the third wicket but both fell to Chris Whelan, who had figures of 2-41.

And after Ali (2-23) removed Steve Adshead for seven, two runs outs undermined Gloucestershire's bid to up the tempo in the final overs.

Against an attack minus fast bowler Simon Jones (virus) and spinner Gareth Batty (calf), the Worcestershire openers set off at a high tempo, with Carl Greenidge conceding 32 runs from two overs with the new ball.

Gloucestershire skipper Jon Lewis rang the changes to no avail and it soon became a race to see whether Hick or Solanki would reach a half century first - Hick pipping his captain by doing so from 33 deliveries against 37.

Solanki eventually departed when he drove a ball from Anthony Ireland to mid-off but Hick finished the job in company of Moeen Ali, a player less than half his age.

Worcestershire's victory saw them gain a measure of revenge for their three defeats at the hands of Gloucestershire in the same competition last season.


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