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County dismissed for 80 in final friendly defeat

County dismissed for 80 in final friendly defeat

County dismissed for 80 in final friendly defeat

County dismissed for 80 in final friendly defeat

First published in Sport

WORCESTERSHIRE completed their preparations for the new season with a disappointing 65-run defeat against Glamorgan at Chester Road.

Having dismissed the visitors for 145 in 35.5 overs, the County slumped to a dismal 80 all out in the 28th over.

It means Steve Rhodes’ side have failed to record a victory in any of their warm-up matches in England ahead of the LV= County Championship Division Two opener at Hampshire, which starts on Sunday.

Worcestershire previously drew their three-day clash at Somerset and lost by seven wickets to Gloucestershire in a 50-over contest.

That was followed by a rain-ruined three-day match against Gloucestershire at Bristol when the New Road side were trailing by 147 runs at the end of the second day.

They would have been hoping for a victory in yesterday’s one-day fixture but came up short once again.

Chris Russell recorded figures of 4-48, while Joe Leach (3-41) and Nick Harrison (2-32) were also among the Glamorgan wickets.

In reply, Worcestershire were reduced to 17-4 after Tom Kohler-Cadmore and Ed Barnard were both dismissed without scoring. Skipper Daryl Mitchell made nine and Alexei Kervezee two.

Harrison top-scored with 16 but Leach (13) and Joe Clarke (10) were the only other batsmen to reach double figures.

Will Owen claimed a hat-trick for the visitors.

Meanwhile, Moeen Ali scored just three runs as England’s lamentable winter lurched to a new low as they bowed out of the World Twenty20 with a shambolic 45-run defeat to lowly Holland.

England coach Ashley Giles and captain Stuart Broad both blamed a chronic case of complacency after they were dismissed for just 88.

Giles can now expect a tricky final interview for the vacant position of head coach.

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