Saturday, June 19, 2010

Jayasuriya fails in his debut match for Worcestershire



SANATH Jayasuriya’s debut at New Road was rather like his new team’s performance — a damp squib.

The Sri Lankan legend faced only three balls in the first over for Worcestershire Royals and bowled four wicketless overs as they slumped to their fourth consecutive Friends Provident t20 North Group defeat in a half empty ground.

Rivals Warwickshire Bears eased their way to a nine-wicket victory with 22 balls to spare on a drizzly night at County headquarters.

But it was not just Jayasuriya who under performed last night — it was a disaster from start to finish for the Royals as they slumped to 10-3 by the end of the second over before limping through to 118-9 at the end.

Had it not been for the efforts of Phil Jaques and 19-year-old Jack Manuel things would have been a whole lot worse for Steve Rhodes’ side.

The Australian opener fired 29 off 23 balls to give the Royals a slight air of respectability before he was trapped lbw by the leg-breaks of Imran Tahir.

Manuel, who made his debut at Northamptonshire Steelbacks opening with Jaques, looked more assured coming in down the order and he hit the only six of the Royals' innings on his way to 31.

The Royals, desperate to boost their tally, tried some pointless runs that saw both Ben Scott, in his final home match for Worcestershire before returning to Middlesex next week, and Richard Jones run out in the last over.

Despite a blistering start from England star Jonathan Trott, Alan Richardson made the breakthrough against his former club in the third over as Neil Carter looked to drive him out the ground only to edge the 35-year-old to Jaques at first slip for one.

But Trott, left out of England’s World Twenty20 winning squad, continued the onslaught as he reached his 50 off just 35 balls and was unbeaten on 72 at the end with Darren Maddy 44 not out.

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