Sunday, August 1st, 2021

POWELL AND STANLEY LEAD FIGHTBACK BUT UNDER-18S DENIED BY WEATHER

The weather denied worcestershire CCC Under-18s after keeper Luke Powell and captain Joe Stanley led a superb fightback with the bat in the three-day ECB County Competitions encounter with Staffordshire at Old Hill.

Worcestershire reached 315-9 declared, with keeper Powell and captain Stanley putting on 147 for the seventh wicket.

Staffordshire were then reduced to 157-9, with Stanley and Jack Warner both picking up three wickets.

But then rain meant the final day was washed out, and Worcestershire had to be content with 13 points, and Staffordshire 10 points, as the game was abandoned as a draw.

Opener Oliver Cox made 49 for Worcestershire, who Staffordshire put Worcestershire in to bat, but wickets fell at regular intervals before Stanley and Warner joined forces at 108-7.

Stanley made 61 off 174 balls with one six and three fours, and Powell moved within eight runs of his century before he was dismissed after hitting one six and 13 boundaries in his 170 ball innings.

Cameron Jones struck a quickfire 29 not out before the declaration.

Warner quickly made inroads into the Staffordshire innings with three wickets, and he and Harry Cooke bowled well with the new ball.

Staffordshire were 20-5 at one stage before partially recovering, but Stanley (11-3-31-3) ensured Worcestershire remained in control of proceedings.

Stanley will again captain the side when they take on Warwickshire in another three-day ECB County Competitions match at Portland Road, Edgbaston, beginning on Monday (August 2).

Ismail Mohammed, Rehaan Edavalath and Josh Dickenson will return to the side after playing for the Midlands in the Super Fours at Loughborough.

Worcestershire Under-18s (from):

I. Mohammed
O. Cox
O. Walker
R. Edavalath
O. Halion
M. Holland
J. Stanley ยฉ
L. Powell (w)
J. Dickenson
O. Davidson
J. Warner
C. Jones
B. Parker