In Yorkshire’s triumph over Worcestershire, Jonny Bairstow sustains an injury.


In Yorkshire’s triumph over Worcestershire, Jonny Bairstow sustains an injury.

On his way to a magnificent century for Yorkshire in their 94-run Vitality Blast victory over Worcestershire at New Road, Jonny Bairstow gave England a big Twenty20 injury concern.

After being put in to bat, the Vikings amassed 216 for six after the wicketkeeper-batsman stormed to three figures off 48 balls with eight sixes and seven fours.

After collapsing to the ground on the completion of a single off Charlie Morris with a probable ankle injury, he needed a runner for the second half of his inning.

After a lengthy delay, Bairstow was able to begin strapping with Adam Lyth acting as a runner, albeit it had no effect on his striking power when he returned on 56.

Before holing out to Riki Wessels at long-on off Morris, he went on to make 112 off 51 balls.

Worcestershire were knocked out for 122, with England teammate Moeen Ali top-scoring with 39.

It will be a source of concern for England ahead of next week’s T20 series against Sri Lanka.

After returning from international action, England’s Zak Crawley and Sam Billings made their second appearance for Kent in a 40-run win over Glamorgan in Cardiff.

Crawley and Billings, both members of the England Test squad that was defeated by New Zealand at Edgbaston, scored 15 and 30 runs respectively, but their bowlers did the job to restrict New Zealand to 144 for seven.

Glamorgan were in command thanks to two wickets each from Marnus Labuschagne, Prem Sisodiya, and Dan Douthwaite, but they were dismissed for just 104 when Labuschagne failed for the first time in the Blast.

Birmingham Bears won their fourth straight game and defeated Leicestershire for the fifth time in a row, thanks to a career-high 79 from captain Will Rhodes.

With 45 points, Sam Hain surpassed Ian Bell as the Bears’ all-time leading scorer in the format, as they built up 190 for seven points, with Ben Mike taking a career-high four for 22.

Scott Steel had 46 points and Rishi Patel had 30, but they both lost three. (This is a brief piece.)


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