Monday, June 21st, 2021

SPINNER BAKER AGAIN IMPRESSES AS UNDER-18S COMPLETE DOUBLE

Left arm spinner Josh Baker produced more impressive figures and there was a half century for Rehaan Edavalath as Worcestershire Under-18s defeated Nottinghamshire Under-18s by six wickets in a T20 game at Old Hill.

Baker had demonstrated his potential when stepping up into the Seconds with a return of 4-0-7-3 in a SET20 match against Northamptonshire Seconds at Barnt Green.

The 2020-2021 Academy intake member followed that up with 41-7-3 for the Under-18s as they restricted Nottinghamshire to 134-9 after they had decided to bat.

Nottinghamshire reached 61-2 but by the end of Baker’s spell had been reduced to 80-6.

Pat Brown continued his return from a back injury with 4-0-30-0 and Ben Parker, 4-0-35-2, and Josh Dickenson, 4-0-23-1, were the other wicket-takers.

Worcestershire were in a spot of bother in reply at 54-4 but opener Edavalath – 57 not out with one six and six fours – and keeper Henry Cullen – 48 not out from 29 balls with three sixes and four fours – saw them to victory.

They added an unbroken 82 in just 8.4 overs as victory was achieved with 11 balls to spare.

Rain reduced a second game between the two counties to 15 overs per side – and Worcestershire again came out on top to complete a double.

They opted to bat and this time it was Oliver Walker who made the most sizeable contribution with 52 off 31 balls with four sixes and three fours.

He was given good support by Ismail Mohammed (28 not out) in a fourth wicket stand of 67 in 6.1 overs to rescue Worcestershire from 42-3 in the eighth over to eventually total 121-4.

Nottinghamshire were kept on a tight rein in reply with Ben Parker and Harry Cooke removing the openers.

Parker ended with 3-0-17-3 and Cooke 2-0-11-2 and Baker continued his good form with 3-0-14-2 as Nottinghamshire were restricted to 99-7.