Thursday, September 2nd, 2021

CHARLIE MORRIS HITS MAIDEN CENTURY AS SECONDS TAKE CHARGE AT STOURPORT

Worcestershire CCC paceman Charlie Morris hit his first century in any form of cricket to put the Seconds in command of their four-day game with Leicestershire Seconds at Stourport-on-Severn.

Morris, who is captaining the Seconds this week, came to the wicket in Worcestershireโ€™s second innings at 126-7 and by the close of the third day had lifted them to 290-9 โ€“ a lead of 398.

He brought up his hundred in a grand manner with a six over long-on off paceman Alex Evans. It came off 114 balls and also contained 14 fours.

Morris shook hands with the other batsman, Mitchell Stanley, and there was a gentle wave of his bat to his teammates, but there were no wild celebrations.

It surpassed his previous best score as a 19-year-old for Devon League side Budleigh Salterton while playing in a friendly match.

He ended the day unbeaten on 106 and put on 113 in 32 overs for the ninth wicket with triallist Ben Gibbon who made 41.

Worcestershire resumed on 7-0 โ€“ an overall lead of 115 โ€“ but added only a couple of runs before Ismail Mohammed (2) went lbw to Alex Evans.

Fellow Worcestershire opener Rehaan Edavalath (8) went for a pull off Roman Walker and picked out square leg.

Gareth Roderick (24) was caught at mid-wicket off Andrew Jones, and Henry Cullen (0) edged Pip Jackson to second slip.

Jacques Banton (24) pushed forward to spinner Nathan Bowley and was bowled at 94-5.

Oliver Cox impressed with the bat for the second time in the game, making 41 off 58 balls with one six and five fours before Bowley also bowled him.

Josh Dickenson (0) holed out to fine leg against Walker, and Reeve Evitts (19) skied a Jones delivery to deep backward square.

Worcestershire were then 143-8, but Morris and Gibbon took command for the home side.

Gibbon was eventually caught at first slip, but Morris reached three figures and added an unbroken 34 with last man Stanley.