Saturday, April 2nd, 2022


Jake Libby and Ed Barnard both scored impressive 90s as Worcestershire enjoyed a successful first day in their final warm-up fixture against Durham UCCE at Kidderminster.

There were also useful contributions from Ben Cox and Club Captain Brett D’Oliveira as Worcestershire totalled 303-4 declared.

Joe Leach and Dillon Pennington then picked up one wicket apiece as Durham UCCE closed on 33-2.

D’Oliveira, opted to bat after winning the toss on a chilly morning at Chester Road

Ed Pollock had been amongst the runs in the previous two games with Hampshire and Warwickshire with scores of 36, 85 and 41.

But, on three, he pushed forward to Michael Booth and edged through to first slip.

Gareth Roderick, who struck 41 and 73 not out against Oxford UCCE, was then lbw to Tom Price for a single at 20-2.

Libby looked in good touch from the start, turning Booth off his legs for four and cover-driving Sebastian Allison to the boundary.

He was joined by the in-form D’Oliveira who pulled Price for four to bring up the 50 in the 19th over.

Libby was the dominant partner in a half century stand in 82 balls with D’Oliveira although it also included 18 extras.

A quickly taken single onto the off side brought up Libby’s half century shortly before lunch. It contained five fours and came from 89 deliveries.

The third wicket pair continued to flourish after the interval and D’Oliveira produced a fine shot in straight driving Booth for a boundary.

He pulled the same bowler for the four and brought up a 100 stand from 139 balls.

Libby twice clipped Allison through mid wicket for boundaries in the same over before the partnership was broken.

D’Oliveira, 36 from 86 balls, went lbw to a ball of full length from Price after adding 116 with Libby.

New batsman Barnard, was quickly into his stride with two handsome cover-drives for four at the expense of spinner Angus Beattie.

Libby looked set to reach three figures but on 91 he came down the wicket to spinner and holed out at mid off.

His fine knock contained 10 fours and spanned 160 balls and the stand with Barnard was worth 57.

Barnard brought up his 50 from just 62 balls with eight fours and Cox collected three boundaries in quick succession off Booth as Worcestershire reached 235-4 off 59 overs by tea.

They stretched their partnership to an unbroken 110 from just 21.2 overs before the declaration.

Barnard ended undefeated on 90 from 104 balls with 14 boundaries and Cox finished 44 not out from 62 deliveries with a six and five fours.

Leach took the new ball and broke through in the first over when Sam Perry (0) was caught at point by D’Oliveira.

Pennington then bowled Travis Norris (8) with a full length delivery.