Worcestershire CCC will launch their ECB Under-18 County Competitions red ball campaign when they take on Staffordshire in a three-day game at Old Hill CC beginning on Wednesday (July 28).
The Under-18s have so far taken part in a mixture of 50 over and T20 matches in the competition against Derbyshire, Warwickshire and Staffordshire.
But now the attention switches to the longer format of the game.
The Under-18s will be looking to avenge a one wicket defeat in a 50 over match against Staffordshire at Kidderminster.
Joe Stanley will captain Worcestershire with Luke Powell keeping wicket.
- Stanley ©
- Powell (w)
*Worcestershire CCC Academy duo, paceman Ben Parker and spinner Josh Dickenson, both picked up three wickets for the Midlands who went down by 77 runs to the North in the Super Fours at Loughborough.
Another Worcestershire player in Reeve Evitts (4-0-22-1) broke a century opening stand and then Dickenson picked up the next three wickets on the way to figures of 10-0-40-3.
Parker (9.5-0-47-3) mopped up the last three wickets as the North, who elected to bat, were dismissed for 212 in 47.5 overs.
Evitts, batting at number nine, top-scored with 24 for the Midlands, and Parker made an unbeaten 18 but their side were bowled out for 135 in 33 overs.