Thursday, July 8th, 2021


Worcestershire Club Captain Joe Leach produced his best figures in Second Eleven Championship cricket, as the Seconds rewrote the record books in defeating Nottinghamshire Seconds by 331 runs at Lady Bay Sports Club in Nottingham.

Leach finished with 10-2-26-5 and surpassed his previous best Seconds analysis of 4-10 versus Lancashire Seconds at Crosby two years ago.
With Adam Finch again impressing with the new ball and young spinner Josh Baker confirming his promise, Worcestershire were able to record their biggest winning margin in terms of runs scored in the history of the competition.

It surpassed the 269 run win over Somerset Seconds at Taunton Vale earlier this season, as Worcestershire collected a 22 point haul from their second Championship triumph of the summer.

An unbroken century partnership featuring fifties from Gareth Roderick and Alex Milton enabled Worcestershire to declare at 191-3 and set Nottinghamshire a 408 target before the bowlers got to work.

Finch had figures of 7-4-10-2 and a match return of 21-12-36-6, with first-innings hat-trick hero Baker (12-5-24-1) and Reeve Evitts (3.2-1-5-2), the other wicket-takers.

Worcestershire resumed on 42-1, and Josh Dell (16) was dismissed from the fourth ball of the day without adding to the score when he was lbw to Zak Chappell after pushing forward.

Tom Fell advanced to 38 before he was caught behind off Toby Pettman with the total 76-3.

But then Roderick and Milton took command and added 115 in 25.2 overs before the declaration.

Milton scored freely, cutting and pulling Tom Barber for boundaries in the same over and upper-cutting James Hayes over the slip cordon for four.
The wicket-keeper batsman also went down the track to hit spinner Fateh Singh for a straight six.

He brought up his half-century off only 53 balls with one six and nine fours.

Roderick also looked at ease against the Nottinghamshire attack, turning Chappell off his legs for four and then hooking Barber for six with the fielder at long leg carrying the ball over the boundary.

His half-century was completed from 97 balls with one six and four boundaries.

Rain checked Worcestershire’s progress at 2.10pm and led to them declaring when play resumed 70 minutes later.

Milton was unbeaten on 63 from 76 balls, and Roderick was 53 not out from 105 deliveries.

Roderick then took over the gloves behind the stumps from Milton for the Nottinghamshire second innings.

The new ball attack of Finch and Leach quickly made inroads.
Connor Brown, who had top-scored with 64 in his side’s first innings, offered no shot against Finch and was lbw for nought.

James Crawley (1) jabbed down too late on a ball from Leach and was bowled at 11-2 in the fifth over.

Finch enjoyed another success as left-hander Ben Martindale (6) could not deal with a fine delivery which lifted on him, and he nicked through to Roderick.

Baker came into the attack immediately after tea, and he struck in his second over as Travis Holland (7) pushed forward and was bowled.
Leach then took centre stage with a four wicket burst in the space of 17 balls.

Matthew Montgomery (11) was trapped lbw, Chappell (4) picked out Baker at mid-wicket, Pettman (0) was caught behind, and Frost (0) was leg before to a ball of full length.

Evitts completed the victory as Singh (21) fell to fine diving catch by Roderick who then held onto a nick from Hayes (8) after he had been squared up.