Monday, August 23rd, 2021

GUNSTON AND CLEMENTS TO THE RESCUE FOR SUB ACADEMY IN DRAWN GAME

A century stand between Flynn Gunston and Sam Clements helped Worcestershire CCC Sub Academy to draw their two day game with Shropshire at Stourbridge.

The pair joined forces after Worcestershire had slipped to 7-4 in their second innings – an overall lead of only 20 after Shropshire had declared 13 runs behind on 233-4.

But Gunston and Clements steadied matters during an excellent stand of 110 as Worcestershire recovered to 184 all out in 44 overs.

Gunston hit seven fours in his 62 from 84 balls and Clements also struck seven boundaries in making 63 from 79 deliveries.

Tom O’Dell provided some useful late order runs with 22 off 14 balls.

Shropshire were left a 198 target and Toby Cox, who shared the new ball, picked up two wickets and was instrumental in a run out as they reached 112-4 from 25 overs by the close.

Cox had figures of 2-26 from seven overs.

In Shropshire’s innings, there were two wickets apiece for Amaan Edavalath (2-48 in 12 overs) and O’Dell (2-40 in 13 overs) before the declaration.

The Sub Academy were then in action against Shropshire in a 50 over game at Stourbridge and Ajay Shingadia hit a half century in a three wicket win.

Shingadia came to the wicket with Worcestershire 43-4 in reply to Shropshire’s 186 all out in 42.4 overs, after they had chosen to bat.

He added 51 for the fifth wicket with Ben Clarke (17), and went onto make 50 from 78 balls with five fours.

There was still work to do when Shingadia was seventh out at 150.

But Louis Whatmore, (37 not out off 35 balls), and captain Ben Sutton, (22 not out off 19 balls), saw Worcestershire to victory with 14 balls to spare.

Sutton had earlier taken three wickets including Shropshire’s top scorer, Matthew Lamb, for 52.

He ended with 3-46 from eight overs, and there were tight spells bowled by Dylan Griffiths, (8.4-1-23-1), and Clarke, (6-0-20-2).

Worcestershire Under-18s went down by 25 runs to Somerset in a high-scoring T20 match at King’s College, Taunton.

Spinner Josh Dickenson returned excellent figures of 2-20 in his four overs for Worcestershire, but the home side totalled 203-4 after being put into bat.

Cameron Jones and Ismail Mohammed were the other wicket-takers, and paceman Mitchell Stanley continued his comeback from injury and bowled two overs for 14 runs.

Mohammed hit 39 off 30 balls with seven fours when Worcestershire replied, and Miles Holland struck 76 off 58 balls, with two sixes and nine fours.

He shared in stands of 68 with Mohammed and 51 with Rehaan Edavalath (13) but Worcestershire closed on 178-6.