Monday, April 12th, 2021

ANOTHER HALF CENTURY FOR SECONDS SKIPPER WHITELEY AT KIDDERMINSTER

Captain Ross Whiteley top-scored for Worcestershire Seconds with a second successive half-century on the opening day of the Second Eleven Championship match with Gloucestershire at Kidderminster.

The all-rounder followed up his 62 in last weekโ€™s one-day friendly against Exeter University at the same venue with a 67 ball fifty as Worcestershire totalled 260 all out and secured two batting points.

Eight other players scored between 13 and 34, but Whiteley was the only County batsman to pass the half-century mark.

He opted to bat after winning the toss on a green-tinged wicket with the Second Eleven Championship this summer, mirroring the first team and consisting of four-day matches.

Tom Fell, Jack Haynes and Adam Finch of the squad selected for the drawn LV=County Championship match against Essex at Chelmsford were part of the starting eleven.

Haynes made a breezy 21 off 25 balls with three fours after opening with Josh Dell before being bowled by a full-length delivery from Jared Warner.

Warner struck again when Dell (13) pushed forward and was caught behind by Max Trotman.

Fell struck four boundaries in his 25 before driving at Benny Howell and edged through to first slip.

Whiteley looked in good form and collected two boundaries in an over from Warner via a back-foot drive square of the wicket and a square cut.

The 100 came up in 27.3 overs, and wicket-keeper Alex Milton, a century-maker against Exeter University, and Whiteley brought up a half-century partnership in only 66 balls.

They had added 63 when Milton (28) chopped a Howell delivery onto his own stumps.

Whiteleyโ€™s half-century contained 11 fours, but on 59 drove at Harry Hankins and was taken at first slip at 169-5.

Reeve Evitts, making his Seconds debut, was lbw to spinner Tom Smith for 11 after attempting to work the ball to leg and Rehaan Edavalath (17) top-edged a pull off Naish and was caught at short third man.

Solid resistance came from triallist George Drissell, the former Gloucestershire spinner, and Pat Brown added 61 valuable runs for the eighth wicket.

Driscoll made an accomplished 34 before going down the wicket to Smith and being stumped, and then Brown (26) was bowled by the same bowler.

The innings was wrapped up when Finch (2) was lbw to leg spinner Alex Russell.

Gloucestershire reached 37-0 from 11 overs against the new ball attack of Josh Tongue and Finch by the close.