Saturday, April 16th, 2022


Worcestershire Academy will take on holders and home side Barnt Green in the quarter-finals of the Birmingham Premier League Graham Williamson Trophy tomorrow (Sunday).

Reeve Evitts picked up seven wickets for the Second Eleven in their innings win over Gloucestershire at Kidderminster and is part of the Academy line-up.

Rehaan Edavalath, who hit a half century in that game at Chester Road, is also included for the 40 over game which gets underway at 12.30pm.

The Academy will go into the match on the back of winning two out of three matches during the Shrewsbury School Festival this week.

Jack Home is set to open the batting for the Academy after scoring a century against them when playing for Shrewsbury School during the festival.

They reached the last eight of the GWT after overcoming Halesowen in the first round at Seth Somers Park.


Jack Home

Olly Davidson

Ismail Mohammed

Rehaan Edavalath

Henry Cullen (w)

Josh Dickenson

Reeve Evitts

Joe Stanley

Ollie Halion

Ben Parker

Gohar Nisar

Captain TBC

Ben Balderson and Josh Leach were the key performers in the Academy’s 74 run win over Millfield School in the opening game of the Shrewsbury Cricket Festival.

Balderson top-scored with 60 off 71 balls as the Academy totalled 236-9 in their 50 overs.

Opener Ollie Walker, with 39 off 33 balls, Josh Dickenson, 27 off 25, and Gohar Nisar, who struck 25 not out from just seven deliveries, were the other main contributors.

Slow left armer Leach then returned the fine figures of 7-0-22-4 as Millfield were dismissed for 162.

Dickenson (2-11), Tom Parker (1-8) Nisar (1-19) and Balderson (1-30) were the other wicket-takers.

The Academy went down by 81 runs to Shrewsbury School despite a four wicket return for Nisar.

Home scored 102 off 133 balls with nine fours in a Shrewsbury total of 240-9.

Nisar ended with 4-35 from his seven overs and Leach added two more wickets with 2-34 from eight. Jack Warner, 1-18, Olly Davidson, 1-34, and Joe Stanley, 1-44, also picked up a wicket apiece.

Balderson again top-scored with 35 as the Academy were bowled out for 159 in 44.1 overs. Davidson, 26, Dickenson, 20, and Leach, 19 not out, also made useful contributions.

In Game Three, the Academy triumphed against Worksop College by six wickets.

Drew Malek picked up two early wickets and then a double breakthrough from Nisar reduced Worksop to 57-4.

After a wicket apiece for Tom Parker and Dickenson, it was Stanley who picked up the last four wickets to fall including opener James Blackburn (44).

He ended with 6-2-20-4 as Worksop were dismissed for 111 in 36 overs with Malek (2-8), Nisar (2-20), Parker (1-13) and Dickenson (1-22) the other successful bowlers.

Worcestershire reached their target in 25.2 overs thanks to Davidson (30), before he was run out, Walker (26) and three sixes in an unbeaten 22 from eight balls by Dickenson.