Tuesday, August 31st, 2021


Oliver Cox top-scored on his debut for Worcestershire Seconds on the opening day of the four-day game with Leicestershire Seconds at Stourport-on-Severn.

The Academy player made a quickfire 41 off 35 balls batting at number six as Worcestershire closed on 230-9 from 96 overs after opting to bat.

Cox hit three of his eight fours in an over from former Worcestershire all-rounder, George Rhodes, and also pulled Pip Jackson for a six backward of square.

He was finally caught at mid-on off Jackson – sixth out with the total on 178.

Worcestershire openers Ismail Mohammed (20 off 87 balls) and Rehaan Edavalath (31 from 106 deliveries) gave their side a solid start with a stand of 67 in 29 overs.

Mohammed was caught off a skier on the leg side after aiming a big hit off Rhodes and Edavalath was caught behind off Roman Walker.

Jacques Banton (13) fell at third slip after aiming a drive at Alex Evans and keeper-batsman Gareth Roderick (20) was pouched at mid on from an attempted pull against Jackson.

Henry Cullen struck five fours in his 27 before he was leg before to Jackson.

After Cox’s dismissal, Reeve Evitts (5) became Jackson’s fourth wicket at 179-7 but Seconds captain, Charlie Morris and Josh Dickenson added 40 for the eighth wicket.

Morris (26) struck spinner Nathan Bowley for a straight six to bring up the 200 in the 75th over before he and Dickenson (14) were both dismissed by Walker.

Jackson ended with 4-39 and Walker 3-39.