Tuesday, July 20th, 2021


Worcestershire Under-18s were involved in a hard fought draw with their Gloucestershire counterparts at Cheltenham College in a one-day fixture.

Gloucestershire declared on 266-4 from 52.4 overs with Worcestershire captain Joe Stanley picking up three wickets.

Then a series of solid contributions enabled Worcestershire to reach 231-8 by the close, with Oliver Davidson and Cameron Jones batting out the last five and a half overs.

Will Naish (84) and Stanley Brown (64) put on 114 for the third wicket after Gloucestershire chose to bat, before both fell to Stanley (3-70), with Harry Cooke (1-14) the other wicket-taker.

Worcestershire openers Rehaan Edavalath (36 off 72 balls with six fours) and Ismail Mohammed (41 off 79 balls with eight boundaries) laid a solid foundation in a stand of 78.

Harry Cooke upped the tempo with 45 off 28 balls with 10 fours, and Oliver Halion was also in good form with a run a ball 43 containing six boundaries.

The Under-18s squad was split and played another game on the same day, and went down by 29 runs to Shropshire in a 50 over match at Stourport.

Shropshire totalled 264-6 after winning the toss, with Matthew Lamb scoring 116 before becoming one of three victims of Jack Warner (9-0-37-3).

Joel Cox (2-47) and Sam Keeling-Wright (1-49) were the other wicket-takers.

Opener Cox then made 60 off 101 balls with one six and six fours, and put on 78 for the third wicket with Elliot Small (50 off 54 deliveries).

Wickets fell steadily after they were parted and, despite a rapid 33 from 18 balls by Keeling-Wright, Worcestershire were bowled out for 235 in 48.2 overs.