worcestershire Rapids has gone through to their first T20 final day by defeating Gloucestershire with five wickets. Since it is the first time that Worcestershire has reached the final of a competition that was launched in 2003, there was a lot of joy – if not a special evensong in the sun-kissed cathedral – when they could win with eight balls.
Callum Ferguson, from South Australia, was the player for the unbeaten 64 off 47 balls. Much of the batting was of the headless chicken, as the tension was told on two sides, unused for success, but Ferguson plays for crowds of 50,000 instead of 5,000 and normally performed as Australian batsmen.
The first two quarter finals in the Vitality T20 Blast were cold and low-scoring anti-climaxes, so it made a change in being wet – an hour was lost between the innings by rain – and low scoring, and it might have been a splashing finish when Ferguson became cheap laid off. For another Australian, Captain Michael Klinger of Gloucestershire, it was a sad way to end his distinguished county career
For every county that has teamed up to reach the quarter finals, it is all the more disappointing to flop on the big day in the sun or at least on the afternoon on satellite television. There have been some great competitions in the T20 competition this season and the Roses contest at Old Trafford was just as well a good example of the limited-overs genre as it could be. But the quarterfinals have not made much entertainment so far.