Sunday, April 9th, 2017

Three Players Hit Hundreds As Royals Edge Out Rapids

Three Players Hit Hundreds As Royals Edge Out Rapids

Three Worcestershire players scored undefeated centuries in a 'Royals' versus 'Rapids' 50 over clash at Kidderminster which ended with the 'Royals' triumphing by one run.

Ollie Westbury hit 138 not out off 120 balls with 23 boundaries before retiring when opening for the 'Royals' who totalled 320-5 after electing to bat on a glorious spring day.

Then Adam Wiffen and Jack Haynes replied for the 'Rapids' by scoring 100 not out and 107 not out respectively before retiring during an opening stand of 199.

Wiffen struck one six and 14 fours in his 95 ball knock and Haynes one six and 13 fours off 104 deliveries.

A keenly fought contest ended with the 'Rapids' on 319-4.

Westbury has shown his liking for batting for long periods as demonstrated with his eight hour 196 for England Under-19s last summer.

But he has been working with batting coach Kevin Sharp during the winter on developing his strokeplay.

That was evident as he shared in stands of 76 with Will Wade (29) and 97 with Alexei Kervezee (54 off 35 balls) before retiring with the total on 263-3 at the end of the 40th over.

Nick Hammond, with 44 off 47 deliveries, was the other main contributor.

The 'Rapids' also found batting to their liking via Wiffen and Haynes's big opening partnership.

Zen Malik also weighed in with 46 but his side pulled up just short after requiring six from the final delivery for victory.

Alex Hepburn picked up two wickets in an over and could have had a third but for a spilled catch.

But the match proved invaluable practice ahead of the forthcoming Second Eleven and Academy fixtures.


Hepburn c Wilcox b Davis 0

Westbury retired not out 138

Wade c Dell b Ul-Hassan 29

Kervezee c Wiffen b Ul-Hassan 54

Hammond c Twohig b Ahmed 44

Xavier Clarke b Twohig 13

Holland not out 13

Pennington not out 9

Extras 20

Total (for 5 wickets) 320 in 50 overs

FOW: 6, 76, 173, 291, 305


Davis 8-2-44-1

Finch 10-0-72-0

Ul-Hassan 8-0-43-2

Ahmed 10-0-52-1

Malik 5-0-42-0

Twohig 9-0-65-1



Wiffen retired not out 100

Jack Haynes retired not out 107

Malik c Dodd b Hepburn 46

Dell c Hammond b Pugh 8

Ul-Hassan b Brown 20

Twohig c and b Hepburn 0

Herridge not out 16

Ahmed not out 14

Extras 8

Total (for 4 wickets) 319 in 50 overs

FOW: 233, 280, 280, 302


Pennington 7-0-43-0

Brown 10-0-89-1

Hepburn 10-0-56-2

Kervezee 10-0-52-0

Xavier Clarke 3-0-29-0

Pugh 10-0-50-1