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Andrew smashes Worcestershire to victory

FRIENDS PROVIDENT t20, Grace Road:
Worcestershire 146-7 beat Leicestershire 142-8 by three wickets
Match scorecard


Gareth Andrew
Gareth Andrew, with his Mongoose bat, racked up his highest Twenty20 score

Worcestershire climbed off the foot of the North Group table as they stormed back to beat Leicestershire by three wickets with an over to spare.

Chasing Leicestershire's 142-8, the game looked up when the visitors slumped to 112-7 with three overs left.

But fast bowler Gareth Andrew swung his controversial Mongoose bat to good effect, smashing 27 off 11 balls.

Andrew finished it off in spectacular style on 146-7 with a six and two fours off home skipper Matthew Hoggard.

Worcestershire are now a point behind sixth-placed Leicestershire, with four games remaining.

And Steve Rhodes' side, who have only ever twice made the last eight in seven years of Twenty20 cricket, are within sight of a quarter-final place.

They are now just two points adrift of fourth-placed Derbyshire. And, although it is a tall order, if they win their last four games, they could still sneak into the quarter-finals.

Worcestershire had made a solid start to their chase when openers Phil Jaques and Sanath Jayasuriya put on 41 in six overs with little trouble.

But, after Jaques holed out to deep midwicket, the visitors began to stutter as spinners Brad Hodge and Claude Henderson suddenly curtailed the run rate.

Henderson claimed the wicket of Jayasuriya and Hodge put the Foxes in control with a three-wicket spell in his four overs that cost 26 runs. But Andrew strode in to snatch the game in dramatic fashion.

Top scorer for the Foxes was Wayne White with 26 off 22 balls and, but for 21 extras, the home side's total would have been considerably lower.

Off-spinner Moeen Ali picked up the wickets of James Benning, Josh Cobb and White to finish with 3-19.


Worcestershire director of cricket Steve Rhodes told BBC Hereford and Worcester:
"It was nice to win a close game. I think there were still areas we could have done a bit better in but it ended well.

"Gareth Andrew played extremely well, a lovely little cameo.

"Those are the 20 overs games where it's going to be tight.

"You just hope someone comes away with a performance, certainly Gareth and it was nice for Ben Cox at the end."



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