Ian Bell's hundred and James Vince's valiant ton goes in vain as Hampshire and Warwickshire go down

Ian Bell’s hundred and James Vince’s valiant ton goes in vain as Hampshire and Warwickshire go down

It was a busy day in the office during the Royal London Cup.

Ian Bell of Warwickshire
Ian Bell of Warwickshire drives the ball during the Royal London One-Day Cup match between Worcestershire Rapids and Warwickshire. (Photo by Nathan Stirk/Getty Images)

Worcestershire chased down a revised target of 241 with two overs remaining in the rain-curtailed game. Worcestershire’s win against Warwickshire was the visitor’s sixth straight defeat, and the win took the home side to the second place on the points table in Royal One-Day Cup at Worcester on Friday.

The showers at the beginning of the game were reduced to 49 overs, in which the away side posted 304/5 from their 49 overs. However, with further rains, their target was minimalised from 304 to 241 off 34 overs. The away side, batting first posted 304, thanks to the incredible ton from the former English batsman Ian Bell which also was his first since 13 months for the County side.

On the other hand, Rikki Clarke alongside Bell got the visitors over the line with 84* from 52 deliveries over the 300-mark in the game. In reply, Worcestershire began their chase reeling at 58/4 before Joe Clarke, and Ben Cox put up on an 80-run partnership to steady the ship for the home side. John Hastings and Ross Whiteley scored 36 and 35 respectively to get the two crucial points for the home side.

Brief scores

Warwickshire 304/5 in 49 overs (Ian Bell 104, Rikki Clarke 84*; Brett D’Oliveria 2-34, John Hastings 2-61) lost to Worcestershire 241/7 in 31.5 overs (Joe Clarke 56, Ben Cox 49; Grant Thornton 4-42) by three wickets on D/L method – match reduced to 34 overs.

In the other match at Southampton, the home side Hampshire got off to the best of starts with James Vince scoring 178 runs to post a mammoth total of 332 runs in the 49 overs stipulated to them.

His 138-ball knock included as many as 18 boundaries and five sixes and single handedly put the team total over 300. On the same pitch where the bowlers were dismantled, South African bowler Marchant de Lange picked up figures of 5-49.

Glamorgan found themselves reeling at 78/3 before the South African Colin Ingram took the initiative to score 115 off just 78 deliveries. Wicketkeeper Chris Cooke then just hammered 59 runs off 27 balls to close out the nervousness that surrounded the stadium with three wickets to spare.

Brief scores

Hampshire 332/6 in 49 overs (James Vince 178, Liam Dawson 74; Marchant de Lange 5-49) lost to Glamorgan 334/7 in 48.5 overs (Colin Ingram 115, Chris Cooke 59*; Mason Crane 3-69) by three wickets on D/L method – match reduced to 49 overs per side.