Friday, September 15th, 2023


Worcestershire Assistant Coach, Richard Jones was full of praise after the Seconds turned a challenging opening session into a three-day victory in their final Championship match of the season against Somerset at Taunton Vale.

The Seconds lost eight wickets for 133 after choosing to bat but dominated the remainder of the game.

It clinched a sixth win in the last seven Championship matches in what has been a highly successful campaign.

Jones said: “Overall a very solid performance. The first session was quite up and down. There was a crazy 40 minutes where we lost six wickets in eight overs after a reasonably solid start.

“These things can happen sometimes in cricket and the most important thing is how you respond. We had a chat at lunch-time, we regrouped and said there was no need to dissect what happened.

“All the lads were very aware of the situation they were in, and the most important thing was to think how the next few sessions of the game were going to go, because we were clearly behind the game at that stage after choosing to bat.

“To regroup, we said we had to win virtually every other session in the game to give ourselves a chance and we did that, and the turnaround was very pleasing, and a very comfortable victory in the end which was a great way to end the season.”

Triallist Matt Burton picked up 11 wickets to take his tally to 18 in three Championship games for the Seconds.

Jones said: “Matt has been at Hampshire for the past couple of years and his reputation was that he was a very reliable and consistent performer, and he has shown that in every game for us.”