Fixture Type: LV= CC 2
Venue: New Road
Fixture Date: Wednesday 11 September – Saturday 14 September
Start Time: 10:30am
Results: Match Drawn
On a truncated first day at New Road, with 43 overs lost due to bad light and rain, Hampshire ended the first day on 197-3.
Worcestershire made three changes from their defeat at Essex, with Tilan Samaraweera, Ben Cox and Graeme Cessford replacing Joe Leach, Michael Johnson and David Lucas, and on a gloomy morning Worcestershire won the toss and elected to field.
They were rewarded after three balls when Jimmy Adams (0) was caught behind by Cox off Alan Richardson, who then got Michael Roberts (13) caught by Moeen Ali at first slip, with the score on 23-2.
But then the tide turned in Hampshire’s favour when James Vince was dropped on 4 by Ali at first slip off Cessford and Vince responded by hitting four consecutive boundaries in Cessford’s next over as the visitors reached lunch on 105-2.
After lunch Vince went to his 50 off 77 balls but then Moeen also dropped Liam Dawson off Richardson at first slip before Dawson reached his 50 off 97 balls.
Then the players went off the field for 50 minutes due to rain, with Hampshire on 143-2, but on the resumption Vince and Dawson went on the attack, particularly off Cessford, as Dawson pulled a six before he was run out by Ross Whiteley’s throw at cover to Samaraweera, who took the bails off behind the stumps, to end a third wicket partnership of 158.
Then in the same over Vince went to his century off 146 balls, with a six and a four, before the rain returned to end the day’s play, with Vince unbeaten on 106 off 148 balls, with 18 fours and 1 six.
Worcestershire ended the second day on 101-2, trailing by 327 runs, against Hampshire at New Road.
Hampshire resumed on 197-3 and soon lost James Vince, to his first ball of the day, when he chased a wide delivery from Alan Richardson and edged to Daryl Mitchell at second slip, who parried the ball and was caught by Moeen Ali for 106 off 149 balls, with 18 fours and 1 six.
Ross Whiteley completed his second run out of the innings with a direct hit to remove Adam Wheater (2), with the score on 197-5, but then Hampshire recovered as Michael Bates and Sean Terry put on 77 for the sixth wicket.
Richardson got the breakthrough, with the new ball, when Bates (41) was lbw before lunch, with the visitors on 277-6, but then Chris Wood quickly upped the tempo after lunch as Terry went to his 50 off 132 balls whilst Wood reached his 50 off 61 balls.
Terry was then caught by Ali at short mid-wicket off Whiteley for 58 and Wood was trapped lbw by Ali for 61 but then Matt Coles struck an unbeaten 50 off just 38 balls to take Hampshire past 400.
David Balcombe (17) was bowled by Graeme Cessford and James Tomlinson (0) was lbw, first ball, by Jack Shantry to dismiss Hampshire for 428, with Richardson taking 4-69 off 34 overs.
The Worcestershire reply began after tea and it soon became 21-2 when Matt Pardoe (4) was caught in the covers by Jimmy Adams off Coles and Mitchell (13) edged to Liam Dawson in the slips off Tomlinson.
But Ali (28*) and Tilan Samaraweera (40*) remained at the crease, with an unbeaten third wicket partnership of 80, before bad light ended proceedings for the day, with 8 overs lost.
Only 21.5 overs were possible on the third day of Worcestershire’s LV= County Championship Division Two match against Hampshire at New Road, with Worcestershire ending the day on 189-5, trailing by 239 runs, and needing another 90 runs to avoid the follow-on.
No play was possible before lunch due to rain and when play began at 1.10pm, Moeen Ali was trapped lbw by James Tomlinson for 32 to the fifth ball of the day, with the score on 105-3.
Tilan Samaraweera went to his 50 off 90 balls before he was caught by Chris Wood at mid-on off Tomlinson for 51 off 96 balls, with 9 fours, and Tom Fell was caught and bowled by Matt Coles for 32 before the players went off for bad light and an early tea was taken, with Ross Whitley unbeaten on 35 and Ben Cox not out on 5.
But then the rain started to fall and as it got heavier the umpires, Nigel Cowley and Mike Burns, called the day’s proceedings to an end at 4:30pm.
Worcestershire’s LV= County Championship Division Two match against Hampshire at New Road was drawn, with both sides taking 10 points.
Worcestershire resumed on 189-5, still needing 90 runs to avoid the follow-on, and lost the wicket of Ross Whiteley for 38, bowled by James Tomlinson, with the score on 210-6.
But Ben Cox and Shaaiq Choudhry looked untroubled as their seventh wicket partnership of 78 took Worcestershire past the follow-on and effectively securing the draw. Cox took 78 balls to get to his 50 and went on to score a career-best 65, when he was caught by Adam Wheater at gully off Matt Coles, off 113 balls, with 9 fours and a six.
Then an eighth wicket partnership of 58 between Choudhry, who went to his 50 off 128 balls, and Jack Shantry took the home side past 300 and although Shantry was bowled by Chris Wood for 27 Worcestershire collected their fourth batting point, when Choudhry was bowled off a no-ball from Wood, and they declared on 351-8, with Choudhry unbeaten on 61 off 143 balls, with 9 fours.
Hampshire then lost two wickets in their second innings as Michael Roberts (22) was bowled by Moeen Ali and Liam Dawson (8) was caught at square-leg by Whiteley off Graeme Cessford before the teams shook hands at 4:20pm, with the visitors on 69-2.
WORCESTERSHIRE (351-8d) DREW WITH HAMPSHIRE (428 & 69-2)
Worcestershire Team: Daryl Mitchell*, Matt Pardoe, Moeen Ali, Tilan Samaraweera, Tom Fell, Ross Whiteley, Ben Cox+, Shaaiq Choudhry, Jack Shantry, Graeme Cessford, Alan Richardson