Saturday, April 15th, 2023


Assistant Head Coach, Kadeer Ali, says Worcestershire will be looking to play with “positive intent” with the bat to make up for lost time after a rain-hit second day in the LV=Insurance County Championship match with Durham at the Seat Unique Riverside.

Worcestershire will resume day three on 96-2 in reply to Durham’s 425-9 declared after the loss of a session and a half’s play due to the elements on Friday.

Ed Pollock hit a rapid 41 from just 26 balls and Azhar Ali an accomplished 29 before he was dismissed just before the premature close of play with the players leaving the field at 2.40pm.

Jake Libby will be back at the crease on 19 not out and looking for another substantial score after his century against Derbyshire. 

Kadeer said: “It has been a reasonable day and a half of cricket. It is a shame about the weather, but we were lucky enough to get away with it on day one. 

“Durham played well to get a decent score on this pitch, and to be fair the feedback that we got from the boys is that it’s a decent cricket wicket. 

“If you bowl in the right areas you can get your rewards, but if you miss there are runs there.

“I thought we played well with the bat. Ed Pollock played positively and got us off to a good start. 

“Azhar Ali and Jake Libby were building a nice partnership before we lost Azhar just before the rain came. 

“We’ve lost a session and a half now, so we need to make sure we come out prepared on Saturday morning to play with positive intent and see where the game goes.”