Pettini pulverises Worcestershire
A tremendous run-a-ball 111 by Mark Pettini helped Essex power to a 25-run victory over Worcestershire in the Clydesdale Bank 40 Group A match at New Road.
The Eagles opener smacked three sixes and seven fours as his side piled up a healthy total of 269 for four after being put into bat.
Worcestershire were then restricted to 244 for eight, despite a battling 68 from Phil Hughes, who continued his prolific form.
In registering their second Group A victory of the season, Essex gained revenge for a seven-wicket defeat at the hands of Worcestershire at Chelmsford in May.
Pettini was in dazzling form and was solidly backed up by Tom Westley’s 62 and a stunning unbeaten 50 off 24 balls from Ryan ten Doeschate, who punched four sixes and three fours.
Although Westley offered a couple of difficult chances to James Cameron, Essex made an excellent start to their free-scoring innings.
The 50 came up in nine overs and Westley went on to register his own half-century off 47 balls, with one six and seven fours.
His fine efforts, coupled with Pettini’s eye-catching progress, enabled Essex to confidently move past the three-figure mark in the 19th over.
However, Westley was then run out when Brett D’Oliveira produced a direct hit from gully, ending an opening stand of 113.
Pettini received a let-off when he was dropped on the boundary by substitute fielder Matthew Pardoe, who could only push the ball over the rope for six.
Owais Shah did depart for 28, but that merely paved the way for ten Doeschate to set about some grim Worcestershire bowling.
Captain Pettini eventually fell to David Lucas, courtesy of a catch by Daryl Mitchell at wide mid-off, but ten Doeschate continued to blaze away.
Worcestershire tried hard to get to grips with their formidable run chase, but were unable to avoid a fourth CB40 defeat on the trot.
Vikram Solanki and Moeen Ali had both been removed, the latter having impressed en route to 42, before the hosts reached the halfway mark in their innings on 100 for two with Hughes and Cameron both fighting to keep in touch with the target.
Their 52-run stand ended when Cameron was run out for 29 going for a hesitant single.
After Mitchell and Neil Pinner had been removed, Hughes and Gareth Andrew did their best to gather momentum.
But once Andrew, who smashed 32, was ousted, the writing was on the wall for Worcestershire – despite Hughes’ knock, which contained one six and four fours off 75 balls.