Friday, April 22nd, 2022


Brett D’Oliveira continued his superb start to the season as Worcestershire picked up four batting points on day two of the LV=Insurance County Championship match with Sussex at New Road.

Worcestershire’s new Club Captain struck a magnificent 169 not out spanning seven-and-three-quarter hours to help his side amass 491 all out.

It means he is still to be dismissed this summer and, in three innings, has amassed 294 runs.

Then an inspired spell of three wickets in seven balls by Joe Leach late in the day reduced Sussex to 169-5.

He finished with 4-56 from 13 overs to add to his four first-innings wickets against Leicestershire.

D’Oliveira followed in the footsteps of grandfather Basil (1967 and 1968) and his father, Damian (1985), in scoring first-class centuries against Sussex.

He was given excellent support today with the bat by Leach and Josh Baker as Worcestershire collected four batting points.

Worcestershire resumed on 338-5 from 96 overs with D’Oliveira unbeaten on 106 and Ben Cox 25 not out.

There was an encouraging sign for later in the match for the Worcestershire bowlers in the first over of the day when a delivery from Grant Stewart reared up off a length and struck D’Oliveira on the hand.

Cox (29) pushed forward and was caught behind off Stewart but new batsman, Leach, was quickly onto the offensive.

He straight drove Stewart for four to bring up a fourth batting point and collected successive boundaries off the same bowler.

The all-rounder had made 26 off only 24 balls when he lofted Tom Clark into the hands of mid off.

D’Oliveira continued to accumulate effectively as Worcestershire reached 387-7 in the 110 overs allowed for bonus points.

Baker replaced Leach and also looked to score quickly in partnership with D’Oliveira.

The eighth-wicket pair added 85 in just 19 overs before Baker (43) was caught at cover off Delray Rawlins to the last ball before lunch.

D’Olvieira went into the interval unbeaten on 149 and brought up his 150 with the first ball after the resumption from 315 balls with 15 fours.

He then showed his versatility in scooping Henry Crocombe over the keeper for four.

Crocombe wrapped up the innings with Charlie Morris (4) caught behind off a lifting delivery and Dillon Pennington (3) top-edging straight to mid on.

Leach then made the perfect start when Sussex launched their reply in dismissing Ali Orr with his first delivery.

Orr pushed forward to a delivery angled in and was comprehensively bowled.

Morris also struck a crucial blow to dismiss Sussex captain Tom Haines, the leading first-class run-scorer in the country last season.

Haines (26) pushed at a fine delivery and was bowled with a delivery which went past his inside edge.

It was a richly deserved scalp for Morris during an opening burst of 7-3-18-1.

Pujara played some attractive strokes but was fortunate on 31 when he inside-edged a delivery from Ed Barnard past the stumps for four.

Clark also had a slice of good fortune when he nicked a Pennington delivery which flew away to the boundary.

But on 44, he edged a delivery from Leach and Jack Haynes at second slip held onto a superb low catch away to his left.

It became two wickets in two balls as Pakistan batsman Mohammad Rizwan was caught behind, and then Jamie Atkins missed a straight ball and was clean bowled.