Billy Cox and Zain Ul-Hassan impressed with ball and bat respectively for Worcestershire CCC Academy who went down by 34 runs to North Staffordshire and South Cheshire League (NSSCL) Under-25s at Leycett.

Cox took the new ball and picked up three early wickets – two of them for ducks – in reducing NSSCL to 15-3 after they had won the toss and opted to bat.

He then returned to pick up two late order wickets and finished with the excellent figures of 10-3-20-5.

But an unbeaten 104 by skipper R. Coates lifted NSSCL to 221-8 in their 50 overs. He hit two sixes and 12 fours in his 132 ball knock.

Despite the loss of two early wickets, the Academy were well placed at 119-2 in reply after Ul-Hassan and Will Wade added 111 for the third wicket.

Wade made a patient 33 off 77 balls and Ul-Hassan was finally out for 80 off just 72 deliveries with 14 fours at 129-5.

The last four wickets then fell for two runs as the Academy were dismissed for 187 with still 9.3 overs remaining.

NSSCPCL UNDER-25S

M Kelsall c AO Wiffen b BM Cox 0

M Taylor c BD Fitzmaurice b BM Cox 6

R Coates+ not out 104

L Allison c AO Wiffen b BM Cox 0

T Hope lbw b C Cross 23

J Hassall lbw b M Ahmed 21

M Arnold c BD Fitzmaurice b BM Cox 12

S Winnington c BD Fitzmaurice b BM Cox 8

R Williams* c Z Ul-Hassan b C Cross 23

D Gibbs not out 1

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Total (for 8 wickets) 221 in 50 overs

FOW: 0, 15, 15, 51, 120, 152, 163, 217

Bowling

BM Cox 10-3-20-5

MC Davis 8-0-47-0

A Coates 6-1-21-0

C Cross 10-1-51-2

Z Ul-Hassan 8-1-22-0

J Johal 2-0-18-0

M Ahmed 6-0-31-1

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WORCESTERSHIRE ACADEMY

C Brandrick c R Coates b D Gibbs 0

AO Wiffen b S Winnington 4

WJ Wade c R Coates b M Kelsall 33

Z Ul-Hassan c M Arnold b D Gibbs 80

A Hinkley c R Coates b R Williams 0

J Johal c J Hassall b R Williams 20

M Ahmed run out(S Winnington) 14

MC Davis c M Taylor b T Hope 13

BD Fitzmaurice+ lbw b J Hassall 0

BM Cox* not out 0

A Coates lbw b T Hope 1

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Total (all out) 187 in 40.3 overs

FOW: 0, 8, 119, 127, 129, 162, 185, 186, 186, 187

Bowling

D Gibbs 8-0-33-2

S Winnington 5-0-21-1

T Jones 3-0-19-0

T Hope 6.3-0-17-2

R Williams 10-0-53-2

M Kelsall 6-0-34-1

J Hassall 2-0-7-1