Saturday, April 8th, 2023


Kashif Ali went on a six-hitting spree to help Worcestershire Seconds complete a T20 double over the South Asian Cricket Association at Kidderminster.

Kashif, the first SACA player to sign a professional contract with a first class county when he joined Worcestershire, smashed 60 off 29 balls in Game Two with SEVEN sixes.

He put on 93 for the first wicket in 6.5 overs with Ben Cox, who also demonstrated his power with four maximums in his 41 from 22 balls.

Ollie Walker chipped in with 24, and Taylor Cornall maintained the tempo with an unbeaten 37 off 24 deliveries as he and Rehaan Edavalath, 25 not out from 15 balls, added 50 in a total of 207-6.

Adam Finch and Josh Baker were released from first-team duty against Derbyshire and made their mark with the ball.

Baker struck in the first over with the new ball, and Finch had fine figures of 4-0-16-2.

There was also one wicket apiece for Cornall, Academy captain Joe Stanley, and Harry Darley as SACA were restricted to 162-6 as Worcestershire triumphed by 45 runs.

In Game One, it was Cornall who made the major contribution with the ball in a five-wicket win for the Seconds.

Worcestershire were 29-3 at one stage, chasing a total of 135-7, but Cornall smoked 66 off 40 balls with two sixes and eight fours.

Edavalath helped him add 78 for the fourth wicket and went on to make a run a ball 45 not out as victory was achieved with two balls to spare.

Baker (4-0-15-2) and Finch (4-0-25-2) returned impressive figures, while Pat Brown, Cornall and Cameron Jones had one scalp each.