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Cricket news - Moeen Ali stars in Worcestershire's crushing win

Moeen Ali hammered 6 sixes and 7 fours en route to his 46-ball 85

North Group

Warwickshire vs Worcestershire, Birmingham

In his second game for Worcestershire since being left out of England's Ashes squad, Moeen Ali struck an unbeaten 85 off 46 deliveries to help his team chase down a target of 185. The victory helped Worcestershire hold on to their second spot in the North Group table with 14 points from 11 games while Warwickshire are placed eighth with nine points from 11 matches.

Opting to bat, Warwickshire got off to a good start thanks to Sam Hain and Adam Hose, who put on a half-century stand for the second wicket. Worcestershire hit back with quick wickets as the hosts, who were 94 for 1 at one stage, slipped to 112 for 4. But Matthew Lamb and Michael Burgess came up with useful cameos to power Warwickshire to 184 for 5.

Worcestershire's chase started well as Riki Wessels and Martin Guptill put on a 50-run stand. Following the New Zealand opener's dismissal, Wessels had Moeen for company as they both struck unbeaten half-centuries and added 138 runs for the second wicket to help their side get over the line.

Brief scores: Warwickshire 184/5 in 20 overs (Adam Hose 48, Sam Hain 46; Ed Barnard 2-43) lost to Worcestershire 188/1 in 18.4 overs (Moeen Ali 85*, Riki Wessels 65*) by 9 wickets.

Derbyshire vs Northamptonshire, Derby

A collective effort with the ball helped Derbyshire secure a nine-wicket win over Northamptonshire. With 12 points from 12 matches, Derbyshire are placed fourth in their group while Northamptonshire are at the bottom of the table with eight points from 11 matches.

Having lost three wickets in the powerplay after opting to bat, Northamptonshire recovered well through a 31-run stand between Alex Wakely and Rob Keogh. At 83 for 3 in the 13th over, Northamptonshire would have hoped to make the most out of the remaining overs and post a competitive total. However, what followed was a monumental collapse as they lost seven wickets for the addition of only 17 runs to be bowled out for 100 in the 18th over. Alex Hughes bagged three wickets while Ravi Rampaul and Fynn Hudson-Prentice picked up two apiece.

Derbyshire weren't in any hurry in the chase as openers Luis Reece and Billy Godleman put on a watchful partnership of 34. Reece was dismissed soon after the powerplay by Rob Keogh but Wayne Madsen's unbeaten 51 off 42 deliveries and his unbroken 67-run association with Godleman helped Derbyshire over the line in the 18th over.

Brief scores: Northamptonshire 100 in 18 overs (Rob Keogh 28; Alex Hughes 3-13, Fynn Hudson-Prentice 2-2, Ravi Rampaul 2-15) lost to Derbyshire 101/1 in 17.1 overs (Wayne Madsen 51*, Billy Godleman 28*) by 9 wickets.

Leicestershire vs Nottinghamshire, Leicester

Alex Hales and Ben Duckett came up with quick-fire knocks to help Nottinghamshire chase down a target of 162 with 1.1 overs to spare, securing a seven-wicket victory that helped them hold on to the third spot on the points table. Meanwhile, the loss for Leicestershire meant that they dropped down one spot to fifth.

Opting to bat, Leicestershire got off to a steady start before losing Mark Cosgrove and Arron Lilley in quick succession. Harry Swindells then scored a half-century and put on a 76-run stand with Colin Ackermann to provide a good platform for the hosts. Leicestershire, however, weren't able to capitalise on it as they lost regular wickets in the second half of their innings and finished with a total of 161 for 8.

Nottinghamshire lost Joe Clarke in the fourth over of the chase but a big partnership followed - 96 runs were added for the second wicket by Hales and Duckett - which kept the visitors on track in the chase. There were some nervous moments in the Nottinghamshire camp when Duckett and Hales fell in successive overs which left them at 119 for 3 in the 14th, not too dissimilar to Leicestershire's position at that same juncture. But Daniel Christian and Tom Moores, through their unbroken 46-run association, helped Nottinghamshire reach the target comfortably.

Brief scores: Leicestershire 161/8 in 20 overs (Harry Swindells 61, Colin Ackermann 42; Luke Fletcher 3-17) lost to Nottinghamshire 165/3 in 18.5 overs (Alex Hales 60, Ben Duckett 47; Callum Parkinson 1-25) by 7 wickets.

Durham vs Yorkshire, Chester-le-Street

Jack Shutt bagged a five-wicket haul while Adam Lyth picked up three as Yorkshire defeated Durham by 14 runs. Yorkshire, currently at the seventh position, have nine points from 11 matches while Durham, at sixth, have 10 points from 12 games.

Chasing 147 for victory, Durham appeared to be on track when Scott Steel and D'Arcy Short put on 70 for the opening wicket in quick time. Despite losing a couple of wickets, at 106 for 2 in the 14th over, Durham were looking good to complete the run chase. However, Durham collapsed yet again as Shutt and Lyth shared the spoils, with the hosts losing eight wickets for the addition of only 26 runs to be bowled out for 132.

Earlier, asked to bat, Yorkshire lost early wickets and were reduced to 37 for 3 in the sixth over. But Tom Kohler-Cadmore, with his 42-ball 52 and Jack Leaning (39) aided Yorkshire's recovery and set up the total of 146 for 6, which proved to be sufficient in the end.

Brief scores: Yorkshire 146/6 in 20 overs (Tom Kohler-Cadmore 52, Jack Leaning 39; Nathan Rimmington 3-16) beat Durham 132 in 19 overs (Scott Steel 49, Jack Shutt 5-11, Adam Lyth 3-19) by 14 runs.

South Group

Kent vs Surrey, Canterbury

It was a humdinger at the St Lawrence Ground in Canterbury as Surrey pulled off a thrilling one-run win over Kent on Friday (August 23). Despite the loss, Kent are at the third position with 14 points while, Surrey, are at the eighth position with 10 points from 12 matches.

Surrey won the toss and elected to bat on a belter of a surface as Aaron Finch started off on a positive note by smashing three fours and a six off the second over of the innings. But a break in play due to bad light halted the momentum for Surrey. Once they got back on the field, Fred Klaassen consumed the dangerous Finch for 25 and Mark Stoneman's struggle for timing and some tight bowling by Kent meant that the run-rate dipped for the home team in the next few overs. Sam Curran, Ollie Pope and Ben Foakes all got starts but none of them could convert them to a substantial score as Surrey were reduced to 82 for four. Will Jacks stepped up and got the innings back on track with his 27-ball 63, including three sixes off the final over, as Surrey scored 71 runs off the last 6 overs and ended on 171 for seven.

Daniel Bell-Drummond and Zak Crawley gave Kent a blistering start, putting up a 100-plus partnership for the first wicket and both batsmen complied fifties respectively. But Surrey's bowlers pulled things back in the second half of the innings by keeping a tight lid on the scoring rate and also picked up crucial wickets. The slow pitch made life difficult for the new batsmen and the pressure was building up rapidly for Kent. It came down to 17 off the last two overs and Heino Kuhn tried his best by hitting a few blows towards the end but Jade Dernbach and Sam Curran were fantastic in the death. With six required off the last ball, Kuhn managed to cart it to the boundary but it wasn't enough as Surrey prevailed by one run in the end.

Brief scores: Surrey 171/7 in 20 overs ( Will Jacks 63; Imran Qayyum 3-22) beat Kent 170/3 in 20 overs (Daniel Bell-Drummond 64; Jade Dernbach 2-27) by 1 run.

Gloucestershire vs Somerset, Bristol

Skipper Michael Klinger (74) and Miles Hammond (56) starred with the bat for Gloucestershire as they picked up their fifth win of the tournament, beating Somerset by 25 runs at the County Ground in Bristol. With this win, the home team inch closer to the last eight and are currently at the second spot on the points table with 14 points. On the other hand, Somerset are placed at fifth position with 11 points from 11 games.

With their last fixture abandoned due to rain, both teams were determined to get on to the field. Having been put in to bat, the home team got off to a strong start with openers Klinger throwing caution to the wind as early as in the second over by stroking three consecutive fours off Taylor. Hammond too joined the party and Gloucestershire were off to a flier putting up 54 for no loss at the end of the Powerplay. Post that, both batsmen took a cautious approach and Hammond was the first to reach the landmark, notching up his fifty off 39-balls in the 13th over off van der Merwe. But the left-arm spinner struck two balls later to provide his team a breakthrough by removing Hammond. That wicket didn't give visitors any sort of relief as James Bracey who walked in next didn't waste any time to get going as he blazed away to a 12-ball 20 before Tom Lammomby struck. In perhaps his last game at the County Ground, Klinger reached his fifty and started upping the ante in the slog overs. The home team ransacked 59 runs off the last five overs, posting a healthy total of 189 for 4.

In reply, the visitors lost the in-form Tom Banton early in the third over but Babar Azam and James Hildreth steadied the chase by stitching together a 70-run partnership for the second wicket. Just when it looked like things were under control for Somerset, Tom Smith got rid of the dangerous Azam who in a bid to launch one out of the park was stumped for 44. That wicket turned the scales as the home team kept chipping away at regular intervals to stall the chase and Somerset lost their way completely, thanks to Banton and van Buuren, who shared five spoils between them as Gloucestershire romped home by 25 runs.

Brief scores: Gloucestershire 189/4 in 20 overs (Michael Klinger 76, Miles Hammond 54; Tim Groenewald 2-33) beat Somerset 164 in 19.3 overs (Babar Azam 44, James Hildreth 40; Tom Smith 3-19) by 25 runs.

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