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Thatscricket - News - Bichel century secures Worcestershire win

Published: Wednesday, May 2, 2001, 23:53 [IST]
 
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London: Australia all-rounder Andy Bichel's maiden One-day century helped Worcestershire beat Glamorgan at Cardiff on Wednesday, a result that saw Graeme Hick's team take a huge step towards the quarter-finals of the Benson and Hedges Cup.

Bichel and England 'A' batsman Vikram Solanki rescued a Worcestershire side chasing Glamorgan's 228-9 from an uncertain 46-3 in the 18th over and guided it to victory by five wickets with 16 balls to spare.

The Queenslander scored exactly 100 off 116 balls with a six and 11 fours, his second 50 runs coming from only 34 deliveries. He brought up his century by pushing England off spinner Robert Croft into the off-side for a single but in the next over he was run out.

At Headingley a sparkling stand of 150 in only 24 overs between Australia's Greg Blewett and Paul Johnson took Nottinghamshire to a comfortable six-wicket win with 10.2 overs to spare. Nottinghamshire has now won its first two North Division games and one reason behind its early season success has been the form of Blewett who has made 133, 59 not out and now 84 in his first three innings for it.

Unsuccessful as Yorkshire's overseas player two years ago, he returned to Headingley to blast them to defeat with 10 boundaries in his 84 from 102 balls. By the time Blewett fell to a catch at mid-off to give Chris Silverwood his only wicket, Nottinghamshire were on the brink of victory, and Johnson was left unbeaten on 71 from 72 balls, having hit nine boundaries.

Yorkshire, who lost the toss and was sent in, probably had the worst of the conditions and was restricted to 194 for seven in its 50 overs. Its Australian, Darren Lehmann, had a comparative struggle for his runs but fought his way to 41 from 58 balls before falling to an athletic leg-side catch by wicket-keeper Chris Read off seamer Richard Logan.

In a rain-marred match at Grace Road former England fast bowler Devon Malcolm took three for 13 as Lancashire, chasing a revised target of 118 was bowled out for 90 by Leicestershire (193 for seven).

Lancashire's Sri Lanka off spinner Muthiah Muralitharan earlier took two for 40.

At Taunton, a 73 from Zimbabwe's Trevor Penney guided Warwickshire to 178 for six and a four-wicket win over Somerset. Earlier Warwickshire medium-pacer Melvyn Best took career-best figures of four for 22.

Elsewhere Matt Windows' 108 not out was the backbone of holders Gloucestershire's nine run win over Northamptonshire at Bristol, the hosts England 'A' quick Jon Lewis taking three for 13.

At Derby, Paul Collingwood's 89 helped Durham post 204 for six, a total that was too much for Derbyshire, bowled out for 175.

Copyright AFP 2001

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