T20 Blast: Moeen Ali hits 85 off 46 balls in Worcestershire's win over Birmingham

Written by on August 23, 2019

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            </figure><p class="sp-story-body__introduction">Moeen Ali hit a superb 85 from 46 balls as Worcestershire Rapids chased down 185 to beat Birmingham Bears in the T20 Blast at Edgbaston.</p>

Meanwhile Kent missed out on a chance to go top of the South Group, losing by just one run against Surrey.

Alex Hales’ 60 helped Notts Outlaws beat Leicestershire while Jack Shutt took 5-11 in an unlikely Yorkshire win.

There were also victories for Gloucestershire and Derbyshire against Somerset and Northants respectively.

Ali finally finds form

Moeen Ali returned to Edgbaston, the scene of his torrid display for England in the first Ashes Test, as Worcestershire Rapids took on Birmingham Bears.

The Bears set the holders an imposing 185 as Moeen finished with figures of 1-30 from his three overs.

The hosts shared the runs as Sam Hain hit 46, Adam Hose struck 48, Matt Lamb added 35 and Michael Burgess finished with an unbeaten 28.

But the visitors raced out of the blocks in reply with New Zealand opener Martin Guptill hitting 27 off 16 balls before being caught off the bowling of Chris Green.

Alongside opener Riki Wessels (65 not out), the stage was set for a fairytale comeback for Moeen, playing only his second game of cricket after being dropped from England’s Ashes squad.

And he reminded the England selectors just how dangerous he can be racing to 85 not out as the Rapids hit 188-1 to remain second in the North Group while the Bears fall to eighth.

Kent miss chance to go top

Updates from the Cannock Chase Radio News Desk via BBC Birmingham and Black Country

From: https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/cricket/49347994

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