Worcestershire Rapids went all the way last year to win their first-ever T20 Blast title. After two consecutive disastrous seasons in 2016 and 2017 where they finished second from the bottom each time, the Rapids turned things around last year to finish at the pole position at the end of the group stage with nine wins and four losses.
Worcestershire made an excellent start to their campaign, winning their first four matches on the trot. They beat Gloucestershire by five wickets in the quarter-final and Lancashire by 20 runs in the semi-final before outplaying Sussex by five wickets in the title clash.
Joe Clarke and Callum Ferguson were the team’s best batsmen in the previous edition with 396 and 390 runs respectively while Pat Brown topped the tournament’s wickets charts with 31 wickets.
Titles: 1 (2018)
Finals Days: 1
Worcestershire Rapids Squad for Vitality Blast T20 2019
Martin Guptill, Rikkie Wessels, Moeen Ali (C), Callum Ferguson, Daryll Mitchell, Ben Cox (wk), Ross Whiteley, Ed Barnard, Wayne Parnell, Patrick Brown, Dillon Pennington, Brett D’Oliveira, Adam Finch, A Milton, T Fell, O Westbury, J Haynes, J Dell, Joe Leach, Chris Morris, G Rhodes, J Tongue, G Scrimshaw, B Twohig.
Overseas players: Martin Guptill (New Zealand – available for 11 of the Blast group games plus any quarter-final or Finals Day if Worcestershire qualifies).
Worcestershire Rapids First Encounter
They will be playing on July 18, against Nottinghamshire, North Group
Trent Bridge, Nottingham.
About Vitality Blast T20 2019:
The Vitality Blast 2019 will last from July 18 to September 21. This is the 17th year of the competition but only the second since its rebranding. The competition will kick start with the clash between Middlesex and Essex at the iconic Lord’s in London and will have a total of 133 matches. There will be a two-week break between the 4th quarter-final and the 1st semi-final. The Finals day, just like the last year, will comprise the semi-finals and the Final which will be played at Edgbaston in Birmingham.
The 18 first-class counties have been categorized into North and South Group for the T20 event. The league stage will see each team play against six of the other eight teams in its own group twice. The remaining two teams in the group will lock horns once, resulting in a total of 14 group games per team, out of which the top four teams will move ahead to the knockouts in the Quarter-final games.
Complete Schedule of Vitality T20 Blast 2019
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