Monday, August 29th, 2016

Seconds Wind Up Home Programme With Chester Road Encounter

Seconds Wind Up Home Programme With Chester Road Encounter

Worcestershire Seconds wind up their home 2016 programme when they start a four-day match against Middlesex Seconds at Chester Road, Kidderminster tomorrow (11am start).

Coach Kevin Sharp's side have impressed in the longer format of the game this summer in finishing fourth in the Second Eleven Championship.

Alex Hepburn will skipper the side in their penultimate game of the campaign which will end with another four-day match versus Hampshire at the Ageas Bowl from September 12-15.

Sharpe said: "We've done well in the three day cricket this year. We've played some good stuff.

"We've just struggled a bit in the white ball cricket this year which is something for us to learn from.

"But we were really competitive in the Championship and played some resilient cricket. Now we've got two four-day games to finish with against good opposition."

Worcestershire have triumphed in the last two meetings against Middlesex, winning by an innings and three runs at Radlett in 2014 and then by 257 runs at New Road last season.

Six of the Worcestershire side in that last meeting in April 2015 are are now first teamers in Joe Clarke, Brett D'Oliveira, George Rhodes, Ross Whiteley, Joe Leach and Ed Barnard.

The Seconds last Championship match against Warwickshire at Edgbaston – under lights and with a pink ball – ended in a draw.

Sharp said: "There were a few good contributions, Ben Twohig with his five wickets, Josh Dell made some runs after being out of form a little bit and Ollie Westbury contributed again, as did Alex Milton, Alexei Kervezee.

"We had a go at the target. It worked out it would have been 275 in 42 overs.The lads wanted to have a go initially which we did for a couple of wickets up until tea.

"But even by trying to whack it, we could only manage five or six and over and the lads felt it was just too many really so we settled for a draw in the end."

Worcestershire Seconds:




Hepburn (c)


Milton (w)






*Read Kevin Sharp's thoughts on the day-night, pink ball experiment at Edgbaston on the Worcestershire CCC website during the next few days.