Tuesday, December 13th, 2016

Two Wickets For Scrimshaw As Young Lions Triumph In Dubai

Two Wickets For Scrimshaw As Young Lions Triumph In Dubai

Worcestershire paceman George Scrimshaw helped England's Young Lions to victory against a UAE X1 at the ICC Academy in Dubai.

Scrimshaw, in his first year as a fully fledged professional at New Road, picked up two wickets on his return to the side.

He had been ruled out of Saturday's setback against the same opposition with a finger injury when several specialist seamers were absent through injury or illness.

But Scrimshaw returned to action with the excellent figures of 4-3-1-2.

The UAE were today restricted to 231-8 in their 50 overs and then Euan Woods scored a superb unbeaten century to steer the Young Lions to a comfortable win.

Batting under the floodlights, the Young Lions slipped into early trouble at 42 for four with Worcestershire batsman Josh Dell scoring 18 off 16 balls with three fours to add to his 22 in the opening game.

But Woods, an 18-year-old who is a member of the Surrey Academy and scored a century in Berkshire’s Minor Counties Championship triumph against Lincolnshire in August, responded with an unbeaten 117 from 115 balls, with 13 fours and a six.

He was given good support in a fifth-wicket stand of 102 by George Bartlett, who scored 44 after earlier taking two wickets in five overs with his occasional spin.

Then Delray Rawlings, Sussex’s Bermuda-born left-arm spinning allrounder, joined Woods in an unbroken seventh-wicket stand of 79 which steered the Young Lions home with almost nine overs to spare.

They now switch to red-ball mode, ahead of a three-day match at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium, also against a UAE XI, which starts next Monday.

That will complete their preparations for an England Under-19 tour of India in the New Year, which includes five one-day matches in Mumbai, followed by two four-day games in Chennai.