Ganguly helps Northants beat Worcestershire

Published: Saturday, July 1, 2006, 23:53 [IST]
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London:Ganguly shone with the bat and the ball and, in the process, won the face-off with his former Team India comrade Zaheer Khan as Northamptonshire drubbed Worcestershire by nine wickets in the Twenty20 cup.

Ganguly bowled a tight leash and took a wicket for 21 runs in his four overs as Northants restricted their hosts to a paltry 86.

In reply, the Northants romped home with 4.3 overs and nine wickets intact. Ganguly made unbeaten 44 runs (53b, 5x4) and shared a 68-run partnership with David Sales (34).

Infact at one stage, Worcestershire were looking down the barrel after Matt Nicholson and Ben Phillips reduced them to 18 for six.

However, Zaheer Khan and the tail conjured up a slight recovery.

Coming at number nine Zaheer top scored with 26 off 21 balls (4x4).

Worcestershire have now lost their opening three matches and are firmly anchored at the foot of the Midlands/West/Wales Division.

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