Kiwi cricket fans will be fizzing with delight after Ross Taylor put up his second notable for Middlesex on the Kiwi County Tour, while Jeetan Patel and Logan van Beek battle away. Van Beek's Derbyshire and Lord Jeetz's Warwickshire have both finished their Royal London One-Day Cup campaigns, while Middlesex are due to play their quarter-final Saturday night NZT.
The niggly thing here is that Worcestershire are in the other quarter-final and after putting up scores of 108, 8, 33, 126, 42 for Worcs, it appears as though Hamish Rutherford won't be of any further help to his County team. Instead, Rutherford is with the Aotearoa 11 in Australia where he has played one of the two games so far with a first ball duck - bowled by Mitchell Starc.
There is another one of these games between Aotearoa and Australia tomorrow (Friday 10th) and unless Rutherford isn't playing third game and is swiftly making his way back to England, he'll be of no greater use to Worcs. That's a bummer and I highlighted this annoying situation for Rutherford when this series was announced, which would get even more annoying if Rutherford only plays the one game for Aotearoa 11 and doesn't get back to Worcs.
Logan van Beek
Derbyshire vs Worcestershire
Just one game for van Beek and a fairly mediocre performance to sign off from his RLODC antics. Derbyshire was first to bat and van Beek managed 3* off 4 balls down the order as Derby put up 351/9 and then couldn't containt Worcs who plowed their way to 353/6 in 48.2 overs. Van Beek conceded 10.50rpo from his 6ov without a wicket, giving him the honour of being the most expensive Derbyshire bowler.
Leicestershire vs Warwickshire
Snaring a couple wickets in a 36-run loss to Leicestershire, Lord Jeetz wrapped up a fairly solid RLODC tournament. With Leicestershire batting first and making 340 all out, Patel took 2w @ 4.60rpo in his 10 overs before chiming in with 28 runs @ 147.36sr to take Warwickshire close to their target. Warwickshire were all out for 304 though and Jeetz finished his RLODC with 16w @ 24avg/5.12rpo.
Middlesex vs Glamorgan, Kent vs Middlesex
Taylor put up his third single-digit score in a row as Middlesex defeated Glamorgan, chasing down their target of 286 in 47.3 overs with 5 wickets in hand. Taylor then whacked 94 @ 110.58sr vs Kent, to help take Middlesex up to 380/5 and they then snuck in a victory by dismissing Kent for 347 with an over remaining.
Middlesex come up against Lancashire in their quarter-final and they will be banking on a contribution from Taylor. Taylor hasn't exactly been dominant in England with scores of 64, 5, 6, 2 and 94, however he's chipping away with scores and some runs in knockout cricket would be an ideal scenario for Taylor with the World Cup in mind.
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