Friday, July 21st, 2023


Worcestershire are celebrating their third win of the season in the LV=Insurance County Championship  after wrapping up victory over Leicestershire in double quick time on the third morning.

Leicestershire resumed on 114-7 and were bowled out inside 25 minutes  for 137 as Worcestershire triumphed by 100 runs.

It enabled them to complete a double over the Foxes and is a big lift to their promotion hopes with four  games remaining, starting with next week’s encounter against Gloucestershire at Cheltenham.

Josh Tongue bowled with hostility to take the final three wickets and finish with a five-for after being released from England duty.

But all the other seamers used by Worcestershire during the game – Joe Leach, Adam Finch, Matthew Waite and Dillon Pennington – also played their part in helpful conditions.

Forty wickets tumbled in just over two days and it put into context the quality of Jake Libby’s  superb 69 yesterday – the only half century of the game.

His opening stand with Gareth Roderick on the opening morning after Worcestershire had been put in and Azhar Ali’s 34 from 100 balls was also crucial.

Worcestershire’s fielders also backed up their bowlers with some superb catches taken during the course of Leicestershire’s two innings.

They picked up 19 points from the game – 16 for the victory and three bowling bonus points.

Rehan Ahmed was dismissed for 33 to the third ball of the day from Tongue. He played at a delivery which deviated away and Gareth Roderick picked up his fifth catch of the innings.

Callum Parkinson struck some hefty blows before he was taken by Azhar Ali at leg gulley after fending off a short ball from Tongue.

The match was completed two balls later as Matt Salisbury was yorked for nought as Leicestershire dismissed in 40 overs.