Tuesday, June 14th, 2022


Club Captain Brett D’Oliveira was delighted that Worcestershire fought back strongly and batted throughout day three of the LV=Insurance County Championship match with Durham at the Seat Unique Riverside.

D’Oliveira and Ed Barnard both hit centuries and shared in a record stand for any wicket against Durham of 197.

They helped Worcestershire achieve their objective of batting the entire 96 overs and they closed on 431-6 in reply to the home side’s 642-7 declared and secured four batting points.

D’Oliveira, who completed his third century of 2022, said: “Our ambition at the start of the day was to bat out the entire day, and to be at the end of the day, effectively 300 for three, is very pleasing.

“It’s pleasing to break the Worcestershire record stand against Durham, but I thought the way that Azhar Ali and Jack Haynes played against the new ball was great.

“I was happy with the way that myself and Ed Barnard played to create that partnership.

“There is a ball still out there to keep you honest, but it is a good cricket wicket. Credit to the Durham bowlers they didn’t give us much to hit and we had to be patient to get the runs today. “

D’Oliveira was disappointed to be dismissed immediately after reaching three figures.

He said: “I said in the dressing room batting is a funny game because, whenever you get out you’re always disappointed, whether you get zero or 250.

“The timing of when I got out was frustrating because I wanted to see out the day.”