Tuesday, August 10th, 2021


Worcestershire CCC Exclusive 2020 Members and their guests were treated to a festival of T20 cricket at New Road.

They witnessed three matches with more than 900 runs scored and 36 wickets being taken.

Exclusive 2020 Members and a guest enjoyed free admission after donating their membership to the club last summer.

Club President Cynthia Crawford unveiled a new plaque, including all Exclusive 2020 Members names, as part of a day to remember on and off the pitch.

The day climaxed with the Worcestershire Former Players XI wearing unique ‘Legends’ shirts, featuring the name of EVERY Worcestershire 2020 Member who donated their membership.

There were also general admission tickets, and all proceeds went to St. Richard’s Hospice, Worcestershire CCC’s 2021 Official Charity Partner.

Opening up proceedings on the pitch was a game between Worcestershire Women’s Rapids and Worcestershire Women’s Pears.

The Rapids batted first and were indebted to 65 from opener Georgina Macey off 40 balls with three sixes and seven fours.

She put on 97 for the second wicket with Charis Pavely, who scored 38 off 35 balls.

Valuable runs from Clare Boycott (22) and Ellie Anderson (19 not out) lifted the final total to 167-4 with Amy Maund (1-30 in four overs), Hannah Hardwick (1-26 in four), Jess Humby (1-5) and Robyn Mathews (1-14) the wicket-takers.

Chloe Hill, the Women’s Rapids captain, opened for the Pears and scored 21 off 24 balls, but her side was dismissed for 105 with Boycott and Jenny Cotham taking two wickets.

Next up was a game between the England Disability Physical Disabilities X1 and the England Disability Pan Disability XI.

It was memorable for an unbeaten century by Physical Disabilities XI opener Angus Brown who struck an unbeaten 101 off 67 balls with four sixes and 12 fours.

He put on 56 with Liam O’Brien (34) and an unbeaten 83 with William Flynn (33 not out) in a total of 194-4.

George Greenway (41) led the way for the Pan Disability XI, but they were dismissed for 136 in 17.4 overs, with Jamie Nordin (3-9) and Ali Layard (3-20) inflicting most of the damage.

An exciting day ended with the Worcestershire Former Players XI going down by eight wickets to a Worcestershire Clubs XI.

Alexei Kervezee, Jack Shantry and Richard Stemp were amongst the ex County players on parade.

Openers Kervezee (20) and Nathan Round (17) put on 36 before Myles Holland (43) and Harry Sockett (45) added 74 for the fourth wickets. Both of them struck two sixes in a total of 147-6.

With 3-30 in four overs, Halesowen’s Eddie Rhodes was the most successful Clubs X1 bowler, and there was one wicket apiece for Bromsgrove’s Gareth Williams, Barnards Green’s Phil Harris and Barnt Green’s Adam Hines.

Spinner Stemp dismissed Ombersley’s Liam Gwynne to end an opening stand of 52 with Barnards Green’s Ryan Tongue, brother of Worcestershire fast-bowler Josh Tongue.

Tongue went onto make 51 before Kervezee ran him out backing up, adding 70 for the second wicket with Kidderminster’s Joe Miszkowski (35 not out).

Barnt Green’s Will Baker then fired a rapid 25 not out to see the Clubs XI to victory with 16 balls to spare on a day rich in entertainment.