Monday, June 20th, 2022


Worcestershire Academy player, Oliver Walker, made history when scoring a magnificent century for Herefordshire in their National Counties Trophy encounter with Lincolnshire at Bracebridge Heath.

Walker, a member of Worcestershire’s 2021-2022 Academy intake, smashed 115 off just 88 balls in the 50-over clash.

The 17-year-old became only the second player to hit a century on his debut for Herefordshire in the competition.

Walker equalled the achievement of Peter Trego, who went on to enjoy a long and successful career with Somerset.

It was a fine effort by Walker against an attack which included former Surrey fast bowler Mark Footitt.

Wordsley-born Walker went from 50 to his century in just 15 balls and, in total, struck seven sixes and ten fours.

But his superb effort proved in vain, despite a sixth-wicket stand of 95 with James Rudge (28), as Herefordshire were dismissed for 249 in reply to Lincolnshire’s 282-9, of which Tom Keast scored 121.

Earlier in the season, Walker scored 132 not out for the Worcestershire Academy in the Graham Williamson Trophy against Halesowen on their way to reaching the final.

Another Worcestershire Academy player Oliver Cox produced a remarkable innings of 170 not out off just 59 balls for Malvern College against Kings School, Worcester.

Cox hit 11 sixes and 20 fours and put on an unbroken 208 in just 15.3 overs with fellow Academy player Rehaan Edavalath whose 78 not out came off 53 deliveries.

Malvern totalled 275-1 after electing to bat and won by 136 runs after restricting their opponents to 139-7.