Tuesday, September 12th, 2023


Two players from Worcestershire Academy-Emerging Players Pathway have been selected to play for the Young Lions in a two-day invitational game involving Under-15 and Under-16 players from all over the country.

Keeper-batter Seth Essenhigh and bowling all-rounder Toby Cox will participate in the red ball fixture at the National Performance Centre, Loughborough on September 23 and 24.

They are following in the footsteps of Josh Baker (2021) and Rehaan Edavalath (2022) who played in the corresponding game.

But this year the selectors have put the focus for the fixture on picking players from the younger age groups, which is why Essenhigh and Cox have been chosen.

Essenhigh, a member of the 2022-2023 Academy intake, made his Worcestershire Seconds debut against the South Asian Cricket Association this summer and plays club cricket for Worcester CC in the Worcestershire Cricket League.

Cox, a member of the EPP programme, has played for the Under-16s, Sub Academy and Under-18s and is a member of Bredon CC who also participate in the WCL.

The duo were also selected for the prestigious Bunbury Festival earlier in the campaign

Academy Coach Elliot Wilson, said: “Seth and Toby have been selected for the Young Lions Invitational X1 game which is basically a mix and match of players from all over the country.

“This year it will be Under-15 and Under-16s whereas, when Josh and Rehaan were picked, the game had a slightly older focus.

“This game has a younger focus, almost about those who are effectively the next cabs on the rank.

“The two of them have done very well, have played some very good cricket, and it is exciting for them.

“They did nicely at the Bunbury Festival and are well thought of here at Worcestershire and clearly well thought of by people outside of here, which is great.”