1st Semi-Final, Birmingham, Sep 21 2019, Vitality Blast
(20 ov, target 148)146/5
Worcs won by 1 run
player of the match
Moeen Ali
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Worcestershire squeeze through to final after Nottinghamshire implosion

Needing six off the last over, Notts only manage five as Wayne Parnell holds his nerve

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Commentator: Andrew Miller
Scorecard summary
Worcestershire147/9(20 overs)
Nottinghamshire146/5(20 overs)
Alex Hales52 (42)
Ben Duckett*49 (42)
Pat Brown2/21(4)
Moeen Ali1/13(4)
end of over 205 runs
Notts: 146/5CRR: 7.30 
Ben Duckett49 (42)
Samit Patel5 (5)
Wayne Parnell4-0-42-0
Pat Brown4-0-21-2

2pm Gadzooks... this summer is barking mad.... is there such thing as a non-mental contest any more? Moeen Ali is Player of the Match for his key spell, and composed captaincy. "As soon as they hit a boundary it would be game over ... one to win off the last ball, and luckily they didn't get bat on it. I listened to the guys but went on my own gut feel."

Moeen's tactics ahead of the final? Just chill out for a bit... sound

Vinay: "Burgled it??? THIS IS DAYLIGHT ROBBERY!!!!!!"

Parnell to Duckett, no run

outside off, a swipe to nothing, and Worcestershire have burgled it! EXTRAORDINARY SCENES! How did Nottinghamshire throw that away! Duckett just needed to lay any bat on ball ... but Parnell found a perfect line and length, the keeper standing up, he did well to close his legs in time to prevent any byes. The ball plopped to the turf, and that was that!

Deep breaths... Parnell pulls out of his run-up to warn Samit for backing up!

Back comes Luke Fletcher for another message. Will it sink in this time! Notts need one run to reach the final! And now Bumble has gone running onto the pitch from the commentary box, because everyone else is!

Parnell to Patel, 1 run

Luke Fletcher just delivered a message, presumably about the tie, but Samit still nearly runs himself out looking for the second to third man. This is chaos!

Parnell to Patel, 2 runs

flicked in the air ... is there anyone out there? No! Lands safe at midwicket, but Samit is treading through treacle on the second run... it's too high for the keeper!

Crumbs... Moeen takes it slow

Parnell to Duckett, 1 run

length ball, under-edged swipe into the pitch, and it's just a single. A bluff from Parnell? No subtlety there, just areas!

5 off 4 for the tie and Notts progress... wonder if they are aware?

Parnell to Patel, 1 run

clears the front leg, a slap on the up to deep cover... just the single, as Duckett comes back on strike...

Parnell to Patel, no run

perfect start from Parnell! Round the wicket, top of off, Samit misses a nibble to third man...

A tie would be decided on wickets lost ... then Powerplay runs... not sign of boundary countback ...

end of over 194 runs • 3 wickets
Notts: 141/5CRR: 7.42 • RRR: 7.00 • Need 7 from 6b
Samit Patel1 (1)
Ben Duckett48 (40)
Pat Brown4-0-21-2
Wayne Parnell3-0-37-0
Brown to Patel, 1 run

slower ball, outside off, tapped to point ... and well, what an over that was! It may not save the game but it's given Worcestershire a sniff, and it's enhanced the reputation of a gun T20 bowler...

Brown to Duckett, 1 run, OUT

calmly done, a clip to the on-side, Duckett takes the single ... but Mullaney wants the second! Madness, only one ball left in the over! Words exchanged as he's sent back ... a complete meltdown in progress ... but Notts still have the weapons to pull out of this tailspin!

Steven Mullaney run out (Wessels) 0 (2m 0b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0

Now then Duckett ... a big few balls here

Brown to Moores, OUT

a huge swipe for glory... and he's holed out to long-on! Oh my ... he didn't want the jeopardy of a final-over target, finish it here and now... but no ... he utterly nailed the shot, power-wise, but straight up in the air!

Tom Moores c Wessels b Brown 1 (4m 2b 0x4 0x6) SR: 50
Brown to Duckett, 1 run

swept once more .... the man on the 45 fumbles, but it was always a run

Brown to Moores, 1 run

prodded on the up into the covers

Bet Mo wishes he'd played this hand last over ...Tom Moores is the new man

Brown to Christian, OUT

slower ball, right in the slot, and scudded to Moeen at mid-off! That's a brilliant take, it was onto him so quickly, and he had to time his leap and take it in one hand in the end. The perfect start to the over for Worcestershire!

Daniel Christian c Ali b Brown 15 (22m 13b 0x4 1x6) SR: 115.38
end of over 1815 runs
Notts: 137/2CRR: 7.61 • RRR: 5.50 • Need 11 from 12b
Daniel Christian15 (12)
Ben Duckett46 (38)
Wayne Parnell3-0-37-0
Ed Barnard3-0-32-1
Parnell to Christian, 1 run

cracked to cover, another single... now then. Can Brown claw this back?

Parnell to Duckett, 1 run

slower-ball bouncer, slapped down to the leg side... it's below a run a ball now

Parnell to Duckett, 2 runs

flicked off the legs to backward square

Parnell to Duckett, FOUR runs

flicked up and over the keeper! Duckett dances across the crease like a crab, watching the ball with head straight down the line, and picks his shot and area at the last moment

Parnell to Christian, 1 run

pace off the ball, down to long-on with an urgent thrash of the bat

Parnell to Christian, SIX runs

uh-oh ... I think that's the wrong call, Mo! Right in the slot from round the wicket, Christian climbs into the big wind-up, and that's soaring over cow corner!

Now then, it looked for all the world like Pat Brown, but no, Wayne Parnell for the moment. Moeen taking it deep!

end of over 179 runs
Notts: 122/2CRR: 7.17 • RRR: 8.67 • Need 26 from 18b
Daniel Christian7 (9)
Ben Duckett39 (35)
Ed Barnard3-0-32-1
Daryl Mitchell2-0-11-0
Barnard to Christian, 1 run

blockhole ball, battered to long-on for the single. Notts keep chipping away

Barnard to Duckett, 1 run

cracked behind square, a good diving stop rescues the boundary at short third man

Match details
Edgbaston, Birmingham
TossNottinghamshire, elected to field first
SeriesVitality Blast
Player Of The Match
Moeen Ali
Moeen Ali
Series resultWorcestershire advanced
Match days21 September 2019 - day match (20-over match)
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Alex Wharf
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Rob Bailey
TV Umpire
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David Millns
Reserve Umpire
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Martin Saggers