Tuesday, February 17th, 2015

Young County Spinner Twohig Part Of England Development Side Beaten By Pakistan

Young County Spinner Twohig Part Of England Development Side Beaten By Pakistan

Worcestershire spinner Ben Twohig was part of the England Development Programme Under-17s side which lost their opening one-day match by seven wickets against Pakistan Under-17s in Dubai today.

County 2014-2015 Academy player and Malvern College pupil Twohig batted at number eight and made eight from 21 balls.

England opener and captain Max Holden made 63 as his side were dismissed for 176 in 49.3 overs.

Pakistan comfortably reached their target with Arthur Godsal, George Panayi and Martin Andersson picking up one wicket apiece.

Twohig, who has already played for the Worcestershire Second X1, bowled three overs for 26 runs as Pakistan reached 177-3 from 35.3 overs.

England head coach Iain Brunnschweiler said: “Obviously the guys are very disappointed to lose the game today.

"We have prepared well, but for many of these lads it is their first trip away at this level, and today will have been an eye-opener in terms of the standard of the opposition.

“The Pakistani spinners bowled extremely well, and although we showed some really good intent, we ultimately lost wickets at vital times, and were short of a competitive total.

“There were some good individual contributions, and also we had periods when we came together well as a unit. Overall we were outplayed in all departments, though.

“We have come here specifically to sample tough opposition, and tough conditions. It is the learnings that the players take from these experiences which will be the most important.”

The two sides will meet again, also in Dubai, on Thursday.