Reeve Evitts fell just six runs short of a century for Worcestershire CCC Sub Academy on the opening day of the two-day red ball encounter with the Warwickshire Development X1 at the Edgbaston Foundation Ground.
Evitts’ fine knock, and an unbeaten half century from captain Joe Stanley, enabled Worcestershire to reach 259-7 from 96 overs after electing to bat in a game where both sides are scheduled to bat for one full day.
Worcestershire lost Oliver Walker (20) and Flynn Gunston (3) with the total on 32 but then Evitts dominated a third wicket stand of 72 with Ben Clarke (16) who was third out with the total on 104.
Fin Goodman (0) was dismissed without addition to the score and Freddie Ammonds (5) after adding 32 more.
Evitts looked set for three figures but fell on 94 from 144 balls out of 168-6 after hitting 11 boundaries.
Stanley came to the wicket at that point and ensured Worcestershire posted a challenging total for Warwickshire to chase today.
He added 33 with Harry Sockett (30) and an unbroken 58 in 18.4 overs with Amaan Edavalath (10 not out) – brother of Rehaan Edavalath.
By the close Stanley had moved onto 52 not out from 95 balls with six boundaries.