Thursday, August 26th, 2021


Worcestershire CCC batsman Jake Libby was delighted to spend a long spell in the middle as he marked his return to action with a century in the Second Eleven Championship match with Warwickshire at New Road.

Libby scored 132 in preparation for the LV=Insurance County Championship match with Sussex at New Road, which gets underway on Bank Holiday Monday.

But several other players were also able to enjoy time at the crease after a lay-off of nearly three weeks since the end of the Royal London Cup group campaign.

Libby said: “We’ve got an important finish to the season lying ahead, and everyone wants to be firing on all cylinders for those four games in the County Championship.

“This game came at the perfect time after we had a bit of time to recharge the batteries and then a good week of red ball training.

“From a personal point of view, any hundred is always pleasing, and to be back out in the middle for a decent amount of time was satisfying.

“It was also good that you’re facing an attack containing a top quality England player in Chris Woakes and some other good level bowlers.

“It was an excellent work-out and, for other players as well to spend time in the middle or get overs in their belt during the first three days has been ideal.

“We want to give it a real good go over the next month and pull out some positive results for our supporters, but first, we want to try and win this game tomorrow.”