While half the cricketing world was watching the India vs England women’s World Cup final yesterday, there were quite a few cricket fans following the NatWest T20 Blast as well. For those who were, they were treated to some sheer brilliant batting.
Yorkshire batted first against Worcestershire in this North Group T20 game at Leeds. The first innings was highlighted by David Willey’ s highest ever T20 score – 118. Captain Tim Bresnan promoted him to number 3, where he smashed his 2nd T20 ton, hitting 118 runs in just 55 balls, including 8 sixes.
Yorkshire ended with 233/6, a winning T20 score on any surface, to be honest. However, Worcestershire was not going to go down without putting up a fight. a certain Ross Whiteley came out to bat at number five, and he replicated what Yuvraj Singh had done in the inaugural T20 World Cup in 2007.
Spinner Karl Carver was the unfortunate bowler who had to bowl to Whiteley when he was looking in dangerous form. What Whiteley does next? He smashes Carver for 6 SIXES in that over, and Worcestershire managed 37 runs from that over, as the bowler just didn’t know where to bowl.
Ross Whiteley has now joined an elite group of world-class cricketers who have achieved this feat in first-class cricket:
- Garry Sobers (hit Malcolm Nash)
- Ravi Shastri (hit Tilak Raj)
- Yuvraj Singh (hit Stuart Broad)
- Herschelle Gibbs (Dan van Bunge)
- Ross Whiteley (hit Karl Carver)
Whiteley fell for 65 in 26 balls, and with that, Worcestershire’s hopes of winning the game also disappeared. However, this is one day that neither Whiteley nor the Worcestershire cricket club will forget.
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He overshadowed Willey’s blistering century and even though the team fell short by 37 runs, Ross will certainly sleep with a smile on his face for a long while to come. There’s still more NatWest T20 action to come this season. Will we get to see some more fireworks from him?
Opposition bowlers will certainly be scared!