Tom Fell signed off from Worcestershire’s pre-season tour of Abu Dhabi with a century on the second day of the two-day game with Essex at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium.

Fell ended last season in the opening batsman’s role in red ball cricket and scored nearly half of his side’s runs against the 2017 County Champions.

He struck 16 boundaries in his 183 ball knock before he was caught behind off Essex paceman Matt Coles for 114.

Fell shared in an opening stand of 51 with George Rhodes (24 off 57 balls with three fours) before three wickets fell for six runs.

Wickets fell at steady intervals until Ed Barnard came to the crease at number eight and made 35 off 85 deliveries with four fours.

Ben Twohig ended unbeaten on 15 as Worcestershire were bowled out for 234 in 84.3 overs in reply to Essex’s first day total of 264-8 in 91 overs.

Coles ended with 4-21, Sam Cook 2-23, Aron Nijjar 2-25, Dan Lawrence 1-11 and Simon Harmer 1-30.

The Worcestershire squad are now flying home after their two week sojourn in the UAE which has mixed warm weather training with white and red ball cricket.

They are set to land back in the United Kingdom tomorrow and will then continue their preparations for the new season with a three-day friendly against Warwickshire at Edgbaston (March 26-28).