Worcestershire Academy went down by 36 runs in a T20 match with Ireland Under-17s at Bromsgrove CC despite fighting back with the ball and a half century from Ollie Westbury.

It meant Ireland came out on top 3-2 after a week long series of 50 over and T20 matches against the Academy.

Ireland opted to bat and openers Jamie Grassi (55) and Sam Murphy (32) put on 91 in 10 overs.

But then five wickets fell for five runs with spinners Jujhar Johal and Mahaaz Ahmed mainly instrumental.

Johal finished with 3-23 from four overs and Ahmed 2-29 as Ireland closed on 173-9.

When the Academy launched their reply, 20 runs came off the opening two overs but the Irish bowlers then got on top.

Westbury, fresh from his success with the England Under-19 side, came in at number four and made 52 off 45 balls with seven fours.

But the Academy slipped behind the required run rate as wickets fell at regular intervals and they closed on 137-9.

IRELAND UNDER 17S

Grassi b Johall 55

Murphy st Fitzmaurice b Ahmed 32

Vincent c Fitzmuarice b Ahmed 4

Kennedy lbw Johal 0

Tector c and b Cox 25

Topping c Hammond b Johal 0

Little c Bragg b Westbury 12

Anders b Finch 3

Neville b Cox 13

Kelly not out 11

Extras 18

Total (for 9 wickets) 173 in 20 overs

FOW: 91, 95, 95, 96, 96, 135, 138, 148, 173

BOWLING

Wheldon 2-0-18-0

Cox 4-0-39-2

Finch 4-0-36-1

Ahmed 4-0-29-2

Johal 4-0-23-3

Westbury 2-0-22-1

 

WORCESTERSHIRE ACADEMY

Johal c Murphy b Kelly 14

Pennington lbw Kelly 5

Ahmed c Cowley b Chopra 14

Westbury c Little b Anders 52

Hammond b Topping 2

Hinkley b Topping 7

Bragg lbw Neville 3

Cox run out 23

Finch not out 1

Wheldon b Neville 9

Extras 7

Total (for 9 wickets) 137 in 20 overs

FOW: 20, 25, 49, 53, 79, 84, 127, 127, 137

BOWLING

Kelly 3-0-18-2

Cawley 2-0-21-0

Chopra 4-0-21-1

Topping 4-0-17-2

Neville 4-0-37-2

Anders 3-0-18-1