Monday, May 9th, 2022

ANOTHER CENTURY FOR CORNALL ON OPENING DAY FOR SECONDS AT NEWPORT

Taylor Cornall continued his rich vein of form with a third century in 11 days on the opening day of Worcestershire Seconds encounter with a powerful Glamorgan side in the Second Eleven Championship at Newport.

The left hander reached a five hour century from 236 balls out of 212-4 when he pulled Joe Cooke for his 15th four.

It followed on from his 145 for the Seconds against Leeds-Bradford UCCE and 107 at the weekend for Ombersley in the Birmingham and District Premier League.

But this would have been the most testing as it was against a strong Glamorgan attack which part of a side containing nine professionals.

By the close Cornall had moved onto 124 not out of a total of 250-6 from 96 overs.

Worcestershireโ€™s plans were twice disrupted because of illness before they won the toss and elected to bat.

Triallist Kashir Ali, who scored 80 and 74 against Northamptonshire last week, had to pull out last night because of illness.

The same then happened to Jacques Banton during todayโ€™s pre-match warm-up.

Second Coach Kadeer Ali called up Ismail Mohammed plus Amrit Basra who last week scored 157 not out for Kent Seconds against Essex Seconds at Beckenham.

Tom Fell (12) was run out by a direct hit after Cornall had played a delivery on the off side with 19 on the board.

He was then joined by captain and wicket-keeper Gareth Roderick for the most substantial partnership of the innings, 123 in 44.5 overs.

Cornall looked full of confidence and produced a series of fine drives straight back down the ground.

Roderick played freely, collecting three boundaries in an over from Lukas Carey, and he was first to his half century off 87 balls with six fours.

Cornall reached the same milestone from 142 deliveries before the stand was broken with the dismissal of Roderick.

He had made 62 when he came down the wicket to spinner Rhodri Lewis but only picked out mid wicket.

Henry Cullen, promoted to number four, then went to cut the same bowler and was caught behind for nine.

Ismail Mohammed (14) nicked a delivery from Joe Cooke which was parried by second slip into the hands of keeper Tom Cullen.

Cornall completed his hundred but then a fifth wicket went down when Amrit Basra (8) tried to turn Carey leg side and skied a simple catch to Cullen.

Roshan Balaji (4) went lbw to a Ruaidhri Smith delivery which jagged back in.

Reeve Evitts joined Cornall and saw the game through to the close without any further loss of wickets.