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Moeen masterclass keeps Worcestershire on target to retain Vitality Blast title

Worcestershire Rapids captain Moeen Ali struck a sensational hundred to send his side to Vitality Blast Finals Day

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Moeen masterclass keeps Worcestershire on target to retain Vitality Blast title

Moeen masterclass secures Worcestershire Rapids victory in the Vitality Blast quarter-final

Sussex Sharks 184/6 lost to Worcestershire Rapids 187/2 by 8 wickets

Worcestershire Rapids are returning to Finals Day to defend their title. Despite injuries and the absence of their overseas players due to international call-ups, Worcestershire beat the South Group table-toppers Sussex Sharks thanks to an emphatic unbeaten century for captain Moeen Ali.

Take a bow, Moeen Ali. With his Worcestershire side needing something special, the Rapids captain took responsibility and struck a career-best 122. After excellent work by his bowlers to prevent Sussex of reaching 200, he then set about a masterclass in clean hitting, sending the ball out of the ground on three different occasions.

First we got the perfect six in the Notts' sensational chase at Trent Bridge in the second quarter-final. Then Ed Barnard provided us with the perfect yorker, to dislodge David Weise first ball and swing Worcestershire firmly back in the match after Daryl Mitchel's two timely interventions to dismiss Sussex's openers.

There's a reason Phil Salt's one of the most exciting talents coming through the domestic game. He demonstrated again why England have already considered him for international honours, getting Sussex off to a rapid start. Walloping 70 off of just 39 deliveries, Salt had his team going at move than 10 runs an over when he debater in the 11th.

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