Worcestershire v Yorkshire, Friends Life t20, New Road June 26, 2011

Shakib four sinks Yorkshire

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Worcestershire 183 for 7 beat Yorkshire 142 by 41 runs
Scorecard

Worcestershire retained their top-four place in the Friends Life t20 North Group and dealt a blow to Yorkshire's hopes of reaching the knockout stages with a 41-run victory at New Road.

Competition-best half-centuries by Alexei Kervezee and James Cameron swept the Royals to an imposing 183 for 7 and their spin-and-seam combination - led by Shakib Al Hasan with four for 31 - restricted Yorkshire to 142.

It was another convincing performance by a fast-improving team who have performed well in the last month with two LV= County Championship wins and four victories in six completed games in the shortest format.

Moeen Ali (40) gave them a high-tempo start before he was caught at deep mid-wicket off Richard Pyrah, the first bowler to achieve any degree of control in a useful spell in which Shakib squirted a chance to point. Kervezee (56) and the left-handed Cameron (55) then hit nine fours and four sixes between them and took the game away from Yorkshire with a whirlwind partnership of 77 from 50 balls.

England seamer Tim Bresnan, now easing his way back into the county game after a calf injury, conceded 47 runs for one wicket but international team-mate Ajmal Shahzad dodged the worst of the punishment by taking 3 for 30.

Yorkshire's batsmen were under pressure from the outset and there was no way back when the top four were dismissed inside the opening six-over power play. Andrew Gale and Jonathan Bairstow skied top-edges off the seamers and Shakib got to work with wickets from his third and fifth balls. He bowled Anthony McGrath and had Adam Lyth stumped by some distance.

Gary Ballance and Joe Root, with 26 apiece, tried to mount some kind of a recovery but Bangladesh's slow left-armer, Shakib, accounted for Root and Shahzad to complete a personal-best return in Twenty20 cricket.

Despite what was a forlorn effort by Bresnan with an unbeaten 25 from 17 balls, Worcestershire were home and dry when paceman Gareth Andrew (three for 17) took the last two wickets in successive deliveries in the 19th over.

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  • yasirmunna on June 28, 2011, 10:26 GMT

    Shakib is a class-act.He is a idle for Bangladesh Team.He is a genuine All-rounder.Hope He perform better in future.Best of luck Shakib Bhai..........

  • on June 27, 2011, 14:10 GMT

    Shakib and Ajmal in the same team. Now THAT's what I call spin options

  • on June 27, 2011, 13:08 GMT

    wat a show by Sakib Al Hasan....bro we love u....

  • on June 27, 2011, 11:44 GMT

    Provinance......Awes0me cmnts by u br0....appreciate dis...

  • Baundele on June 27, 2011, 10:03 GMT

    I am happy with Shakib's consistent good performance with the ball, at the same time I am unhappy with his consistent failure with the bat. Bangladesh needs both from him.

  • McAdnan on June 27, 2011, 7:56 GMT

    Superb job Shakib but he needs to improve batting.

  • on June 27, 2011, 7:46 GMT

    well done Sakib al Hassan, Need to improve u batting....

  • on June 27, 2011, 7:10 GMT

    Hey, give attention to batting please now.

  • on June 27, 2011, 6:56 GMT

    Well done... Keep it up...

  • unrivalled on June 27, 2011, 6:54 GMT

    go shakib go. u r at no.3 in the wicket taker list of the tournament.

  • yasirmunna on June 28, 2011, 10:26 GMT

    Shakib is a class-act.He is a idle for Bangladesh Team.He is a genuine All-rounder.Hope He perform better in future.Best of luck Shakib Bhai..........

  • on June 27, 2011, 14:10 GMT

    Shakib and Ajmal in the same team. Now THAT's what I call spin options

  • on June 27, 2011, 13:08 GMT

    wat a show by Sakib Al Hasan....bro we love u....

  • on June 27, 2011, 11:44 GMT

    Provinance......Awes0me cmnts by u br0....appreciate dis...

  • Baundele on June 27, 2011, 10:03 GMT

    I am happy with Shakib's consistent good performance with the ball, at the same time I am unhappy with his consistent failure with the bat. Bangladesh needs both from him.

  • McAdnan on June 27, 2011, 7:56 GMT

    Superb job Shakib but he needs to improve batting.

  • on June 27, 2011, 7:46 GMT

    well done Sakib al Hassan, Need to improve u batting....

  • on June 27, 2011, 7:10 GMT

    Hey, give attention to batting please now.

  • on June 27, 2011, 6:56 GMT

    Well done... Keep it up...

  • unrivalled on June 27, 2011, 6:54 GMT

    go shakib go. u r at no.3 in the wicket taker list of the tournament.

  • on June 27, 2011, 6:18 GMT

    well done to james cameron , his form is continuing to hold , his and kervezees knocks set it up for wors. looking good for zim cricket. ballance on the other hand , a left hander as well ...just wait till the chikens come home to roost. zim will take this decade by storm!!!!!!!

  • MijanurRahman on June 27, 2011, 6:12 GMT

    All hail to Shakib!!! You are the ambassador of Tiger Cricket.

  • on June 27, 2011, 5:43 GMT

    i know shakib will be the highst wicket taker in friends life t20 tournament.best of luck shakib.......

  • on June 27, 2011, 5:33 GMT

    @ Provenance: Obviously IPL is the best platform for T20 cricket. But it's good oonlyy for t20. If u consider all 3 format, County Cricket is d Best. Shakib may prefer KKR over Worcs in CLt20. But Counties r more important to develop himself in all 3 formats. Think about Zaheer Khan. He also thankful to Worcs for county contract & said it had helped him to b more professional. It helped him 2 make a comeback. So it's not question that which tournaments r better. IPL is good in its format & County is good to develop a cricketer as a whole.

  • on June 27, 2011, 4:41 GMT

    well done shakib,..... Bt need to per4m with the bat...

  • on June 27, 2011, 2:54 GMT

    well done shakib.remember its a better platform than ipl.glorious performance.

  • Provenance on June 27, 2011, 2:04 GMT

    I don't understand why people are against IPL for the heck of it. There are other players in the team, albeit not so good but then there are cost considerations and also that there is a limitation on number of foreigners in the team (so is in English T20).But whatever chance he got, he utilised to the maximum. Even ask Shakib, if both Worcestershire and KKR reach CL T20, where he would like to play and also which team pays him the most? Comeon, Shakib became a household name in at least most of East India with his performance in IPL and also with his performance with Bangladesh team over last couple of years. He is one of the best, if not the best, allrounder in the world today (Definitely in Top-3). Go Shakib, go...you are one of the best and you ought to become the BEST ALL ROUNDER in the world.... ... Love this guy and his talent...amazing! with age by his side,I think he will create wonders over years..... Shakib Rulzzzzz (From an Indian Cricket Fan)

  • on June 27, 2011, 0:34 GMT

    shakib I know you are reading this, my advice is concentrate on your batting, remember your batting ability is world class, don't let it get wasted. Good luck, want to see a half century in next t20.

  • on June 26, 2011, 22:39 GMT

    Shakib .......awesome as always just keep going on and on......... now its time to do something with the bat as well..... show your class

  • on June 26, 2011, 22:33 GMT

    sabash shakib..outstanding,superb,awesome performance.... Go ahead...

  • rafsan.cric on June 26, 2011, 21:48 GMT

    We all love you Shakib Al Hasan.....make a headway!!!

  • rydwan78 on June 26, 2011, 20:36 GMT

    Good job Sakib, need to improve batting.

  • on June 26, 2011, 20:03 GMT

    Please Sakib.. show your magic with the bat.... too....

  • on June 26, 2011, 19:50 GMT

    Let's go Shakib!!!!! Pls show some batting too as a true allrounder!

  • on June 26, 2011, 19:35 GMT

    6 match 23 over 150 runs wicket 14..ave 10.71....that is relay awesome ......

  • van_hauz on June 26, 2011, 19:31 GMT

    I hope this spells a turnaround in the career of Shakib Al Hasan. He simply wasn't given enough opportunities in the travesty that is the IPL to show his true pedigree. This is the perfect platform for him to become the complete cricketer. Keep going, Shakib!

  • on June 26, 2011, 19:13 GMT

    Worcs will be the champion!!! Shakib Rulzzzzzzzzzzz !!!

  • on June 26, 2011, 19:11 GMT

    bravo shakib-al-hasan...we are proud of u.

  • on June 26, 2011, 19:02 GMT

    Shakibshakibshakibshakib........awesome as always,,,,,,,keep going man untill your end of Career,,,,,,,we Bangladeshi peoples love you very very much,,,,,make us proud as always.....

  • on June 26, 2011, 18:54 GMT

    Shakib Al Hasan- U r the best, keep going......

  • on June 26, 2011, 18:18 GMT

    Shakib just keeps going on and on..:D

  • on June 26, 2011, 17:54 GMT

    Great job Sakib.. Keep going ..

  • on June 26, 2011, 17:52 GMT

    sakib, you are awesome with the ball all thru. boss, now its time to do something with the bat as well. we love u & r proud have sporting ambassador like u.

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  • on June 26, 2011, 17:52 GMT

    sakib, you are awesome with the ball all thru. boss, now its time to do something with the bat as well. we love u & r proud have sporting ambassador like u.

  • on June 26, 2011, 17:54 GMT

    Great job Sakib.. Keep going ..

  • on June 26, 2011, 18:18 GMT

    Shakib just keeps going on and on..:D

  • on June 26, 2011, 18:54 GMT

    Shakib Al Hasan- U r the best, keep going......

  • on June 26, 2011, 19:02 GMT

    Shakibshakibshakibshakib........awesome as always,,,,,,,keep going man untill your end of Career,,,,,,,we Bangladeshi peoples love you very very much,,,,,make us proud as always.....

  • on June 26, 2011, 19:11 GMT

    bravo shakib-al-hasan...we are proud of u.

  • on June 26, 2011, 19:13 GMT

    Worcs will be the champion!!! Shakib Rulzzzzzzzzzzz !!!

  • van_hauz on June 26, 2011, 19:31 GMT

    I hope this spells a turnaround in the career of Shakib Al Hasan. He simply wasn't given enough opportunities in the travesty that is the IPL to show his true pedigree. This is the perfect platform for him to become the complete cricketer. Keep going, Shakib!

  • on June 26, 2011, 19:35 GMT

    6 match 23 over 150 runs wicket 14..ave 10.71....that is relay awesome ......

  • on June 26, 2011, 19:50 GMT

    Let's go Shakib!!!!! Pls show some batting too as a true allrounder!