Worcestershire v Northamptonshire, Friends Provident t20, New Road June 25, 2010

Jayasuriya ends Worcestershire's losing run


Worcestershire 142 for 1 beat Northamptonshire 140 for 5

Sanath Jayasuriya smashed a dazzling 87 as Worcestershire Royals ended a grim run of defeats with a crushing nine-wicket win over Northamptonshire Steelbacks in the Friends Provident t20 match at New Road. After losing their previous six North Group games, the Royals stormed to their 141-run target with 34 balls to spare.

Jayasuriya, whose three previous knocks since arriving at New Road had yielded just 21 runs, smacked five sixes and 10 fours off 45 balls. The was backed up by Australian Phil Jaques, who was undefeated on 47 - which contained one six and five fours off 41 deliveries.

They put on 138 in 14.1 overs before Jayasuriya was caught at deep backward square by David Willey off Nicky Boje. Worcestershire, however, remain bottom of the table while it was only Northamptonshire's second defeat in their last six outings.

The Steelbacks, after winning the toss, were restricted to 140 for 5 with Royals' spinner Moeen Ali taking a career-best 3 for 25. Northamptonshire lost their first wicket off the first ball of the third over when former New Road campaigner Chaminda Vaas was smartly run out by a diving underarm throw from James Cameron off Jack Shantry.

It was an important wicket for the hosts, particularly as Vaas top-scored with 54 when his side won by 21 runs against Worcestershire in the match at Northampton on June 11. The Steelbacks' unspectacular start to their innings was largely down to the Royals' left arm paceman Shantry, whose opening three overs, including a maiden, cost a mere six runs.

Niall O'Brien and Alex Wakely, however, stayed together to take the visitors on to the 50 mark in the ninth over. Their partnership was worth 49 in seven-and-a-half overs before Wakely drove Moeen to Richard Jones at long on for 31.

Shortly afterwards Jones was unable to hold on to an awkward chance at long-off to dismiss O'Brien when he was on 23. He moved on to 34 before becoming the first of two wickets in successive deliveries for Moeen, who also accounted for David Sales.

Rob White fell cheaply to Jayasuriya before Northamptonshire moved into three figures in the 17th over. They were then given a valuable lift by Elton Chigumbura, who cracked an undefeated 39 off 20 balls - including three sixes and two fours.

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  • habeeb on June 27, 2010, 10:23 GMT

    all ways i believe him such a greatest entertainer in cricket and v nd him again 4 2011 world cup

  • Dummy4 on June 26, 2010, 16:41 GMT

    way 2 go mp!!! we wnt 2 bak 2 de team wid great form........

  • Dummy4 on June 26, 2010, 13:36 GMT

    well done sanath................we need u....keep going

  • Sandeep on June 26, 2010, 10:33 GMT

    wow SANATH is back in form.We need you for the world cup 2010.Continue this great form SANATH.All the best wishes

  • Dummy4 on June 26, 2010, 7:07 GMT

    Still he is the man...we need you...

  • Dummy4 on June 26, 2010, 5:21 GMT

    Wow... keep going Sana, Congrats!!!! You can join again to our national team. You must smash opponents if we going to make a tough games in world cup.

  • Dummy4 on June 26, 2010, 4:45 GMT

    come on sana carry on next match darbishire try to get 100

  • Dummy4 on June 26, 2010, 4:28 GMT

    Weldone Sanath Welcome back to form

  • Dummy4 on June 26, 2010, 1:14 GMT

    Cometh the hour, cometh the "Sanath Jayasuriya" !

    Personally I hope this knock brings back that much needed confidence.

  • Dummy4 on June 25, 2010, 21:10 GMT

    Way 2 go Sana!!!!!! Hope this is innings dat'l bring u back 2 form!

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