Sunday, August 2nd, 2015

Academy Batsman Westbury Amongst The Runs Against Aussie Under-19S

Academy Batsman Westbury Amongst The Runs Against Aussie Under-19S

Worcestershire Academy player Ollie Westbury impressed when playing for the England Development Programme Invitational X1 against Australia Under-19s in a two-day fixture at Loughborough National Performance Centre.

Westbury scored 57 off 124 balls in the first innings as the Invitational X1 scored 354-6 declared.

Australia Under-19s recovered from 35-5 to 159-9 declared with Jake Doran, who played against the senior England team as a 17-year-old on the last Ashes tour, scoring a half century and Kent seamer Hugh Bernard returning 4-39.

Westbury then made 26 off 49 deliveries in England's second innings in which Durham's Jack Burnham top-scored with 40.

It followed on from Westbury's successful season with Shrewsbury School – whose cricket professional is former Worcestershire paceman Paul Pridgeon – before he joined up with the Worcestershire Second Eleven.

He scored a maiden century for the Seconds in the Championship match with Nottinghamshire at Notts Sports Club last month.

Spinner Ben Twohig and paceman Josh Tongue from the county Academy were also chosen to face the Ausssies.

The match formed part of Australia's preparations for the forthcoming Under-19 ODI and Test series against England.

Worcestershire batting legend Graeme Hick is in charge of the Australian party and they will play an ODI at New Road on Saturday August 22.