Monday, May 22nd, 2023


Ollie Walker struck 65 off 41 balls, and Jack Warner produced a devastating burst with the new ball as Worcestershire Academy (Under-18s) defeated Somerset by 65 runs in an ECB Under-18 County T20 cup match at RGS Worcester.

Walker hit five sixes and six fours – a total of 54 of his runs coming in boundaries – as the Academy totalled 166-5 after electing to bat.

He dominated a second wicket stand of 53 with Haris Khan (8) before he was third out at 94 in the 12th over.

Jack Home’s unbeaten 45 off 29 deliveries with one six and five fours gave the innings late impetus.

Warner then claimed the first four Somerset wickets to fall and finished with figures of 3-0-14-4.

Academy captain Joe Stanley, who shared the new ball, also had an excellent return of 4-2-11-2, while Ben Clarke (3-36) and Home (1-13) were also amongst the wickets.

Somerset were bowled out for 101 in 16.5 overs.

In Game Two, the Academy went down by five wickets to Northamptonshire.

Harry Sockett (24) and Cameron Jones (23) rescued them from 44-4 after again choosing to bat first, and then Warner hit 34 not out off 20 balls with one six and four fours in a total of 134-8.

Ben Clements (4-0-20-1) and Ben Clarke (4-0-17-1) bowled tight spells before Northamptonshire reached their target with one over to spare.

Stanley (4-0-33-1) and Haris Ajaz (2-0-16-1) were the other wicket-takers for the Academy.

They also took on Kidderminster CC in a friendly reduced to 18 overs per side at Chester Road and triumphed by 35 runs.

Opener Lucas Ingram made an aggressive 61 from 37 balls with three sixes and six fours after the Academy had been 0-2 after again batting first.

He put on 61 for the third wicket with Jones (23) and 64 for the fourth with Fin Goodman (32) as the Academy reached 139-7.

Kidderminster were bowled out for 104 in 17.3 overs, with Ciaran Baker-Smith taking three wickets in six balls and Clarke (2-19), Harpreet Kalia (2-25), Clements (1-12) and Jones (1-24) the other successful bowlers.