Monday, July 31st, 2023


Worcestershire CCC have had another trio of players selected from their Academy-Emerging Players Pathway programme for the prestigious Bunbury Cricket Festival which got underway on Sunday at the National Performance Centre Loughborough.

Seth Essenhigh, Fin Goodman and Toby Cox have maintained Worcestershire’s proud tradition of having a strong representation each year at the festival.

Josh Baker, Henry Cullen and Rehaan Edavalath are amongst the current Worcestershire professionals to have previously participated in the tournament.

The Bunbury festival showcases the skills of 56 of the most talented England under-15 players in the country, and Essenhigh, Goodman and Cox are representing the Midlands in the four-team competition.

More than 300 Bunburys have gone on to play first-class cricket – and over 60 have represented England.

Essenhigh, a member of the 2022-2023 Academy intake, is a keeper-batter who earlier this season played for Worcestershire Seconds against SACA as a 15-year-old.

Goodman, part of the EPP programme, is a top order batter who has represented Worcestershire at Under-16, Sub Academy and Under-18 level.

Cox, who is also a member of the EPP programme, is a bowling all-rounder who has played for the Under-16,s Sub Academy and Under-18s.

Essenhigh and Goodman play for Worcester CC in the Worcestershire Cricket League while Cox is a member of Bredon CC who participate in the same competition.

Academy Coach, Elliot Wilson, said: “The benefits of being in the Bunburys Festival is it’s a lovely experience for them to be involved.

“We don’t get too carried with Under-15 regional selection but what it does do is give them the opportunity to go and benchmark themselves against the best in the country for a week, and see where they are in relation to their peer group up and down the country.”

Cox and Goodman made their make for the Midlands in the opening T20 match against London-East but ended on the losing side.

The new ball was taken by Cox who ended with fine figures of 4-0-16-1 in a London-East total of 128-7.

Goodman was then second top scorer for the Midlands with 23 off 20 balls after coming in at 57-6.

He hit one six and two fours and featured in the best stand of the innings, 35 for the seventh wicket with Joshua Beer, but the Midlands were dismissed for 106 in 18.5 overs.