Friday, August 7th, 2020

UNCHANGED WORCESTERSHIRE CCC SQUAD FOR BLACKFINCH NEW ROAD RETURN

Worcestershire CCC will select from an unchanged squad as they look to continue their excellent start to the season when returning to play at Blackfinch New Road for the first time in almost 11 months.

The County produced a superb performance with bat and ball to defeat Gloucestershire at Bristol, and their 22-point haul means they are the early leaders in The Bob Willis Trophy Central Group.

Worcestershire will now take on Glamorgan with the four-day match getting underway tomorrow at 11am.

The final 11 will be selected from the same 13 strong squad chosen for Bristol – the 11 players who played plus Dillon Pennington and Ross Whiteley.

Pennington was able to get in some overs playing for a Worcestershire XI against Warwickshire 2nd XI at Edgbaston and returned 3-30 from 10 overs.

Jake Libby will make his home debut for Worcestershire after scoring 77 and 25 at Bristol and featuring in partnerships of 150 and 41 with Daryl Mitchell.

Head Coach, Alex Gidman, said “We are very much looking forward to returning to Blackfinch New Road.

“The lads are desperate to get cracking at home and, although there is no crowd, we are comfortable there and with the surroundings.

Skipper Joe Leach was full of praise for Libby’s debut and his partnerships with Mitchell.

He said: “We’ve had varying degrees of success over the years in terms of who is going to bat with Daryl.

“They look a first class opening pair, who bring a calmness about things, and that feeds into the dressing room.

“We’ve got shot-makers in the middle order and, to get off to a good start, is crucial.”

A reminder that a minimum of 90 overs must be bowled each day and the first innings of each side is restricted to 120 overs.

WORCESTERSHIRE CCC SQUAD:

Daryl Mitchell
Jake Libby
Tom Fell
Jack Haynes
Brett D’Oliveira
Riki Wessels
Ben Cox (w)
Ed Barnard
Joe Leach ©
Josh Tongue
Charlie Morris
Ross Whiteley
Dillon Pennington