Sunday, July 28th, 2019


josh tongue has started on the comeback trail after two months out of action with a nerve tissue injury in his upper arm.

the worcestershire paceman bowled eight overs for barnards green in their birmingham premier league fixture against leamington.

tongue took the new ball, delivered two spells of four overs apiece and finished with figures of 8-1-22-2.

he trapped waqar ahmed lbw in his third over and had a return of 4-0-14-1 from his first spell. tongue returned for the 17th over and bowled nabeer asghar (0).

the 21-year-old picked up 16 wickets from his first three specsavers county championship appearances of the season including 5-37 in the home win over durham.

he also appeared in seven games in the royal london one-day cup but made his last appearance in the championship match with middlesex at New Road in late may.

tongue helped barnards green to obtain a winning draw and had earlier scored 23 off 25 balls with three fours batting at number five.

fellow worcestershire player george rhodes made 45 off 42 deliveries with one six and six fours and put on 80 for the first wicket with ryan tongue (32) – brother of josh.

barnards green made 191-6 off 30 overs in the rain-affected fixture and, after leamington had been set a revised target of 192 in 26 overs, they close on 123-8 after their ninth wicket pair batted out the last five overs.

there was very little action in the bpl because of the weather but worcestershire wicket-keeper batsman alex milton was amongst the runs during the winning draw obtained against wolverhampton.

milton top-scored with 57 off 44 balls with one six and seven fours as bromsgrove made 153-5 in 24 overs.

he added 84 for the fourth wicket with deon patel.

wolverhampton were restricted to 74-5 in reply with tom fell – a t20 century-maker for worcestershire seconds against durham on thursday – dismissed for a duck.

josh dell also failed to trouble the scorers but his side ombersley chased down a 130 target after bowling out brockhampton in 43.2 overs with academy player matt davis returning 1-20 from six overs.