Sunday, May 15th, 2022


Jake Libby scored his first LV=Insurance County Championship century of the season as Worcestershire safely batted through the final day against Derbyshire at the Incora County Ground to secure a draw.

Libby has been the second-highest run-scorer in first-class cricket in the country for the past two seasons after showing prolific form since his move from Nottinghamshire.

He dug in to complete his sixth Championship century for Worcestershire, which was completed with a single off Wayne Madsen.

It was completed from 185 balls and contained 11 boundaries.
Worcestershire had lost only one wicket when batting through the final day against Durham at New Road, and it was a similarly solid performance today.

Once again, Azhar Ali played a significant role in making sure Derbyshire were given little encouragement in their bid to force victory.

The Pakistan batter struck his third successive half-century and featured in a partnership of 164 in 48 overs with Libby.

It was a flat and slow pitch, but the job still had to be completed, and Worcestershire accomplished it as they closed on 225-2.
Libby finished undefeated on 105 from 306 balls.

Worcestershire collected 14 points – eight for a draw, four for batting and two for bowling.

Libby and Azhar resumed on 59-1 and accomplished the first task of denying Derbyshire any encouragement through making an early breakthrough.

With the ball still relatively new, the second wicket pair were watchful but gradually blossomed.

Libby cover drove Luis Reece for four to reach his half-century, and Azhar went onto the back foot to Sam Conners to produce a similar stroke.
When Libby turned Anuj Dal off his legs for two, it completed the hundred partnership from 207 balls.

After lunch, Azhar brought up his fifty by cutting his 128th ball from Suranga Lakmal for his eighth boundary.

Libby ensured Derbyshire would have to bat again with a late cut for four at Alex Thomson’s expense before Azhar 60) was lbw to the same bowler working to leg.

After completing his century, Libby and the new batter, Jack Haynes, got their heads down before and after tea to ensure there was no opportunity for Derbyshire to force a late bid for victory.

The home side put the accent on spin in an effort to be able to turn to the second new ball as quickly as possible.

Wayne Madsen sent down 16 overs for eight runs at a rapid rate.
But the light deteriorated to prevent the new ball from being taken, and Libby and Haynes were presented with few problems before the two teams shook hands.