Tuesday, August 11th, 2020


Ollie Westbury scored two half centuries and there was a five wicket haul for Ben Twohig when a Worcestershire XI, including professionals and Academy players, took on Warwickshire XI in a three-day encounter at Edgbaston.

Opener Westbury dug in to score 52 off 147 balls with 10 boundaries and he finished as top scorer in Worcestershire’s first innings total of 197 in 75.5 overs.

Zain Ul Hassan, batting at number nine, gave the innings some late impetus with an unbeaten 47 off 77 balls with two sixes and seven fours with Alex Hinkley (36) and Jacques Banton (28) the other main contributors.

Dillon Pennington was released from the squad which had been selected for the Bob Willis Trophy at Bristol to get some overs under his belt and he responded with 3-30 from 10 overs.

Pennington held onto a return catch from Ed Pollock (0), bowled Adam Hose (19) and trapped Ethan Brookes (0) lbw.

Twohig’s victims included Dan Mousley who top-scored with 159 for Warwickshire in a first innings total of 332 from 95.5 overs.

The spinner, who spent the winter playing grade cricket in Australia, finished with figures of 36-6-113-5.

Worcestershire began the final day on 5-0 in their second innings and Westbury was again amongst the runs.

He and fellow opener Josh Dell put on 105 before the latter was dismissed for 49.

Westbury went onto make 89 off 212 balls with 13 fours before he was third out with the total on 193 – lbw to Roshan Balaji.

Worcestershire closed on 231-6 from 87 overs – 96 runs in front when the match ended in a draw after some determined batting by the seventh wicket pair of Jacques Banton and Henry Cullen.