Friday, July 1st, 2022


Ismael Mohammed hit an unbeaten 63 to help Worcestershire Seconds secure a draw with one wicket remaining from their Second Eleven Championship match against Warwickshire at Portland Road, Edgbaston.

He came to the wicket with Worcestershire 173-5, after being set a target of 353 in 85 overs, despite another fine knock of 82 from first innings centurion, Kashif Ali.

Ismael defied the Bears attack for two and three quarter hours and struck 10 fours in his 139 ball knock.

There were still 22 overs remaining when the eighth wicket fell but Adam Finch (38) stayed with Mohammed for 17 overs and then last man Yadvinder Singh helped ensure the eight points were secured for a share of the spoils.

Worcestershire closed on 324-9 and collected a total of 15 points from the game including five for batting and two for bowling.

It was another fighting effort by the Seconds who had battled through the final day of the previous Championship match with Leicestershire at Barnt Green to earn a draw.

Finch polished off the Warwickshire innings, after they had resumed on 227-7, by taking the last three wickets for 19 runs in a five over spell.

Finch was rewarded for bowling full and straight and ended with figures of 14-3-44-4.

George Garrett (4) was beaten all ends up by a delivery which knocked out his middle stump before a run had been added to the overnight total.

Manraj Johal (17) also lost his middle stump to a delivery of full length from Finch and then in the same over George Maddy (31) saw his off stump go flying out of the ground.

It meant Warwickshire were bowled out for 274 in 65.2 overs and Finch had a match analysis of 35-9-106-6.

When Worcestershire batted, opener Josh Dell (4) was bowled by a delivery from Tommy Rex which nipped back in.

Jacques Banton struck five fours in his 23 but then was also bowled, by Manraj Johal at 45-2 in the 10th over.

Jordon Neil and first innings century-maker Kashif Ali joined forced and added 55 for the third wicket.

Neill hit seven fours in his 39 before he was bowled by Rex but Kashif went onto complete a run a ball half century.

A cover drive off Rex for his ninth boundary took him to fifty.

Kashif dominated the scoring during a fourth wicket stand of 70 with Henry Cullen.

He looked set to complete a second century of the game but on 82 went for a pull shot and picked out mid wicket.

Cullen (16) then fell to a fine diving one-handed leg side catch by keeper George Maddy with the total 173-5.

Ismael added 53 for the sixth wicket with Ollie Walker (30) who also departed to a leg side catch.

But after the loss of a couple of quick wickets, Finch (38) was a staunch ally for Mohammed in a stand of 67 before he went lbw and then Singh helped his partner hold out for a draw.