Tuesday, July 11th, 2023


Adam Finch led a strong Worcestershire fightback with the ball on day two of the LV=Insurance County Championship encounter with Yorkshire at New Road to claim maximum bowling points.

The pace bowler completed a second five wicket haul of the season and, along with the rest of the attack, put a challenging opening day behind them.

Yorkshire, who resumed on 154-0, were bowled out for 407 and Worcestershire picked up ten wickets today for 253 runs in the space of 58.4 overs.

Finch followed up his 5-74 against Glamorgan at Sophia Gardens in May with 5-100 and figures on day two of 12.1-0-52-5.

He was well supported by Matthew Waite who had been the pick of the bowlers on day one and Ben Gibbon and Josh Baker also enjoyed some success with the ball.

Opener Finley Bean struck a career best 135 for the Tykes and then Worcestershire replied with 46-2 from 13 overs by the close.

Adam Lyth added only two to his overnight 77 before he fell to Gibbon. The left armer angled in a delivery into Lyth who was trapped leg before.

A lengthy stoppage followed for rain but when play resumed Bean completed his century when clipping Finch off his legs for two.

It came off 140 balls with 15 fours although he survived two chances on day one when on 28 and 41.

Former Yorkshire all-rounder Waite came into the attack and was rewarded with two wickets in two overs.

James Wharton (18) pushed forward to Waite’s third ball of the day and was lbw.

South African international Ryan Rickelton survived only 10 balls on his Tykes debut before he also fell to Waite.

He cut Waite for four but pushed forward to the next delivery and keeper Gareth Roderick held a comfortable catch.

Bean went onto the offensive, twice slog sweeping him for six, but his fine knock ended on 135.

He tried to work Finch to leg and was lbw.

The wickets began to tumble after tea with Jonny Tattersall lbw to Finch after aiming a blow through mid wicket.

George Hill completed a 55 ball half century before being bowled when driving to give Baker his first scalp.

There was more joy for Finch when Matthew Fisher was strangled down the legside.

Ben Coad and Matthew Revis batted freely to add 69 in 13 overs and take Yorkshire to within run of a fourth batting point before the latter lobbed up a catch to mid-off off Gibbon.

A fourth wicket for Finch followed when Mark Steketee (3) was comprehensively bowled and he completed his five-for when Revis holed out to mid off.

Worcestershire went into bat with 21 overs remaining and opener Gareth Roderick (4) fell to Fisher as he nicked a ball that nipped away to Bean at third slip.

Wharton then held onto a sharp chance at short leg after Worcestershire captain Jake Libby flicked Coad off his legs.

But Azhar Ali (14) and Jack Haynes (12) added an unbroken 31 by the close.

Worcestershire pace bowler, Adam Finch, said: “At the end of day one, if you had said we would bowl them out today for about 250 more runs, we would have taken that.

“The message today was to do the things we know we can do better. I can hold my hand up and say I didn’t really get it right day one and a few of the lads would agree with that.

“I wouldn’t say the ball was doing anymore really. It was just a case of our execution was better, our disciplines were better, and just trying to stack an area more consistently than day one.

“Really pleased to get another five-for and come back from how things went on day one.

“The new ball period tomorrow will be really key and it will be a case of trying to get through that tomorrow and cash in when our batters are in.

“It will be a case of applying ourselves like we have all year. Our batting unit has been really strong.

“Azhar is one of the legends of the game. He is so knowledgeable and calm about how he approaches situations. He is one of the best batters in the world and hopefully we will see that again tomorrow.”