Friday, July 22nd, 2022

OPENER JACK HOME HITS CENTURY FOR ACADEMY IN TRIUMPH AT BARNT GREEN 

Opener Jack Home hit an unbeaten 130 to steer Worcestershire CCC Academy (Under-18s) to a three-wicket win against London Schools Cricket Association at Barnt Green.

Home struck three sixes, and 17 fours in his 135-ball knock as the Academy chased down a target of 240 with 26 balls to spare.

He shared in an opening stand of 96 with Ismail Mohammed, whose 49 off 47 deliveries contained one six and eight fours.

A steady flow of wickets meant the game was still in the balance at 168-5, but Ben Clarke (20) accompanied Home in a stand of 51.

Oliver Davidson (10 not out) helped Home complete the task and grandly ended the game with a six.

London SCA had elected to bat and slumped to 104-6 at one stage before recovering to a total of 239-9 declared in 57.2 overs.

Ben Clements finished with 3-60 in 11.2 overs, and Scotland international spinner Davidson bowled a tight spell of 16-4-44-2.

Ismail Mohammed chipped in with 2-10 in five overs, and the other wicket-takers were Jack Warner (12-1-38-1) and Gohar Nisar 5-0-19-1.

*The Midlands had to be content with a runners-up spot in the Super Fours 50 over competition despite a four-wicket win over London and The East at Loughborough.

Worcestershire Academy players Joe Stanley (10-0-46-1) and Reeve Evitts (6.3-0-37-1) picked up one wicket each as London-East totalled 268 all out in 49.3 overs) after being put in to bat.

The Midlands slumped to 83-4 in reply, but another Academy player in Ollie Walker (20) helped century-maker Aadi Sharma add 60 valuable runs for the fifth wicket, and Evitts was at the wicket when the winning run was hit with two overs to spare.

Worcestershire Women’s Rapids player Ellie Anderson impressed with bat and ball for Central Sparks Academy in a tied game with Northern Diamonds at the Regional Academy Festival at Shrewsbury School.

Anderson took the new ball and dismissed both openers on her way to figures of 9-1-53-4 as the Diamonds totalled 254 in 49.3 overs after electing to bat. 

Fellow Rapids players, Hannah Hardwick (5-0-25-1) and Charis Pavely (5-0-22-1) also chipped in with a wicket each.

Anderson then came in at number five and made 35 off 42 balls with five fours but the final wicket fell with two overs remaining with the scores level.

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