Monday, July 8th, 2019


Worcestershire Seconds encountered a powerful Yorkshire side and were beaten in their opening two T20 matches of the campaign at Weetwood.

The Seconds went down by seven wickets in Game One and 61 runs in Game Two.

Yorkshire fielded several first teamers including an opening attack of international standing in David Willey and Tim Bresnan.

But the challenge of facing players of such pedigree will stand the younger, less experienced members of the Worcestershire side in good stead as part of the bigger picture.

In Game One, Worcestershire opted to bat and one of those younger players in Jacques Banton continued the form he had shown last week for the Academy against Ireland Under-19s by top-scoring with 44 not out.

He struck two sixes and six fours in his 35 ball knock as Worcestershire reached 108-6 in their 20 overs.

The new ball was taken by Willey and Bresnan and the latter picked up three early wickets.

He dismissed Ollie Westbury (2), Tom Fell (5) and George Rhodes (3) and his spell produced figures of 3-0-8-3.

Jack Haynes (5) fell to Josh Poysden (4-0-16-1) and it became 58-5 when Alex Milton, having made 30 off 29 balls with four boundaries, was fifth out at 58.

Ed Bragg (15) added 39 with Banton before he was dismissed by Willey (4-0-15-1).

When Yorkshire batted, Matt Davis, Ed Brag and Banton collected one wicket apiece.

Jack Leaning (27 not out) and Bresnan (41 not out) saw Yorkshire home in 12.3 overs.

In Game Two Yorkshire again elected to bat and totalled 180-3.

Pat Brown had Willey (7) caught behind and there were two scalps for young leg spinner Josh Dickenson who

finished with 2-19 from three overs while George Rhodes conceded only 27 runs in four overs.

But Leaning (44 not out) and Bresnan (42 not out) added an unbroken 86 after joining forces in the 13th over.

For Worcestershire, opener Fell top-scored with 55 off 41 balls with one six and five fours.

He was fifth out at 86 – one of three victims of Poysden (4-1-16-3) – after Bresnan (2-14) had again made early breakthroughs.

Worcestershire closed on 119-9 with Davis (16 not out) and Banton (10) the other players into double figures.