Tuesday, June 18th, 2024

Seconds are edged out despite Libby making his mark with ball and bat

Worcestershire Seconds were edged out by five runs despite captain Jake Libby taking wickets and scoring runs in an ECB T20 Central Group encounter with Warwickshire at Bromsgrove School.

Libby took the new ball and his spin brought him figures of 4-0-14-3 as the Bears totalled 161-7 after choosing to bat.

He was then joint top scorer alongside Ed Pollock on 38 as Worcestershire fell just short of their target on 156-9.

Kashif Ali made his comeback and had 1-29 off four overs and scored 16 when opening.

Libby broke through with his second delivery and the other wicket-takers were Harry Darley (4-0-37-1) and Ollie Walker (3-0-19-1).

Amir Khan top-scored with 46 not out for Warwickshire with Will Rhodes hitting 31.

When Worcestershire batted, Pollock struck four sixes in his 38 and Worcestershire reached 135-5 with 21 balls remaining when Libby was out in the 17th over.

But they were unable to get over the finishing line in the closing overs with Michael Booth (3-31) and Craig Miles (3-39) the most successful bowlers in an attack also containing Oliver Hannon-Dalby, Liam Norwell and Ed Barnard.

Worcestershire are fifth in the six-team table with two wins, four defeats and one game abandoned.