Thursday, July 13th, 2023


Jake Libby and Gareth Roderick continued the application and defiance shown by tail-enders Adam Finch and Ben Gibbon to earn Worcestershire a draw from the LV=Insurance County Championship meeting with Yorkshire at New Road.

The pair joined forces at 32-2 and batted through the remainder of the final day to add an unbroken 110 from 35 overs.

Libby continued his excellent summer by completing a 75 ball half century with six boundaries and he ended on 61 not out.

Roderick was equally solid in another important contribution of 34 not out.

When the two teams shook hands at 5pm Worcestershire had reached 142-2 from 48 overs.

They collected eight points from the game – five for a draw and three for bowling.

Worcestershire began the day on 22-0 from nine overs with Gibbon and Finch resuming their overnight roles.

Finch began the play in positive fashion in clipping the first ball of the morning from Matthew Fisher through mid-wicket for four.

Nine runs came from the first over but the stand was broken after it had added 31 from 11.1 overs.

Gibbon turned Fisher to mid wicket but there was a mix-up with Finch who was run out for 15 after he failed to make his ground at the non-striker’s end.

After also making 15, Gibbon pushed hard at Coad and was caught at first slip by George Hill.

The Worcestershire pair could be proud of their efforts after scoring 90 runs between them during yesterday’s last wicket stand and then when opening the batting in the second innings.

Roderick and Libby shepherded Worcestershire through to 49-2 before a three hour break for rain either side of lunch which resulted in 38 overs being lost.

Play eventually resumed at 2.45 and Libby, Worcestershire’s leading run-scorer in first class cricket this summer, hit several boundaries.

He clipped Coad off his legs, leg glanced and pulled Matthew Revis and square cut Mark Steketee to the ropes.

Roderick gave him solid support during as the half century stand came up in 90 balls.

Libby completed his half century shortly after tea and he and Roderick ensured Worcestershire held on comfortably for a share of the spoils.

There was warm applause when the century partnership was completed from 193 balls.