Thursday, September 2nd, 2021


Jake Libby overtook David Bedingham to become the leading run-scorer in the LV=Insurance County Championship as Worcestershire CCC chased down a 315 target against Sussex at New Road.

Libby scored his fourth Championship century of the campaign and he overhauled the 945 run tally of Bedingham who was not in action because Durham’s game against Surrey was called off because of COVID-19.

He ended on 125 not out from 224 balls with one six and eight fours and now has a total of 951 runs.

The former Nottinghamshire batsman received excellent support from Jack Haynes, Ben Cox and Brett D’Oliveira in stands of 105, 86 and 75.

Worcestershire triumphed with 24 balls to spare and picked up a total of 20 points from the game to establish themselves as the early pace-setters in Group Three.

Sussex resumed on 199-6 and the last four wickets went down for a further 64 runs in the space of 15.5 overs.

Adam Finch made the first breakthrough when Archie Lenham (9) went for a pull and top-edged a head high catch to keeper Ben Cox.

Finch struck again when Jack Carson (7) aimed a blow on the leg side and Josh Baker pulled off a fine low catch after running in from deep square leg.

The second new ball was taken at 238-8 from 80 overs and quickly wrapped up the innings.

Dillon Pennington came into the attack and soon accounted for Henry Crocombe (6) who was caught off a leading edge by Ed Barnard at cover.

Dan Ibrahim went within six runs of becoming the youngest century-maker in the history of County Championship cricket before falling to Worcestershire Club Captain, Joe Leach.

The 17-year-old tried to hook Leach but only gloved through to Cox.

Worcestershire were left a target of 315 in a minimum of 78 overs and Daryl Mitchell twice cover-drove Fynn Hudson Prentice for boundaries.

Openers Mitchell and Libby laid a solid platform and put on 39 until Mitchell (19) was bowled by a delivery from Crocombe which came back in, the last ball before lunch.

Tom Fell got off the mark with a cut for four from his first delivery against Crocombe.

It proved to be his only scoring shot and, after surviving one chance behind the wicket, he was caught of a top edge at mid wicket after attempting to pull Crocombe.

Libby was joined by Jack Haynes and the third wicket pair consolidated Worcestershire’s position.

A cut for two by Libby off Archie Lenham enabled him to reach his half century off 121 balls with five fours.

Haynes accumulated in typically fluent fashion and Worcestershire went into tea on 129-2 with Libby on 57 and Haynes 54.

They required a further 186 off 34 overs in the final session.

An excellent half century was completed by Haynes in the first over after tea from 83 deliveries with six boundaries.

But Hudson-Prentice end the partnership on 105 when Haynes was caught and bowled for a fine 62.

Libby went into overdrive with 6-4-4- off successive balls from Crocombe and Ben Cox, promoted up the order, also scored freely.

A single off James Coles took Libby to three figures off 190 balls with one six and eight fours and he and Cox added 86 in 18 overs.

Cox (37) holed out to long on off Lenham but D’Oliveira ensured the momentum was maintained for Worcestershire.

Successive sixes off Hudson-Prentice enabled him to complete a 26 ball fifty which also contained six fours.