Tuesday, June 1st, 2021


Riki Wessels hit a half-century as he captained Worcestershire Seconds to a seven-wicket win over Somerset in their opening Second Eleven T20 match at Barnt Green.

Wessels raced to a 33 ball fifty with one six and seven fours as he and Gareth Roderick (31 not out) capitalised on an excellent performance by the Seconds attack.

Somerset were restricted to 118-9 after being put in to bat on a slow pitch thanks to fine performances by Mitchell Stanley, Charlie Morris and Adam Finch.

Morris and Finch made early breakthroughs in removing Will Smeed and Roelof van der Merwe with only 14 on the board to set the tone for the rest of the innings.

Morris also accounted for George Bartlett, and Stanley came into the attack to trap Tom Banton lbw for 20 in a match also featuring his brother Jacques who was part of the Worcestershire side.

No one scored more than 20, and Morris finished with figures of 4-0-27-3 and Stanley 4-0-14-3, while Finch had a final analysis of 4-0-12-2.

Experienced duo Max Waller and Jack Brooks opened the bowling for Somerset before van der Merwe trapped Josh Dell (7) lbw.

But Wessels and Roderick powered the Seconds towards victory during a stand of 68 in nine overs.

Wessels lofted van der Merwe over mid-wicket for six and struck four boundaries in the space of two overs from Ben Green.

He was eventually dismissed on 51, caught at long-on off Brooks, and Ned Leonard bowled Alex Milton (12).

But Roderick saw the Seconds across the finishing line with ten balls to spare.