Worcestershire CCC Academy went down by six wickets to Ireland Under-19s despite another sizeable contribution with the bat by Dan Holland in the 50 over clash at Kidderminster.

Holland had scored a century last week for Worcestershire Under-17s in the ECB County Championship match with Somerset at Bath – plus a fifty in the second innings.

He continued in the same vein by hitting 76 against the Irish after the Academy had opted to bat first.

Holland came to the wicket at 56-3 and struck 76 off 100 deliveries with seven boundaries before he was seventh out at 211.

He added 103 for the seventh wicket with Aaron Tomson (42 off 71 balls, three fours) to ensure Worcestershire posted a respectable total after being 108-6 at one stage.

Alex Hinkley (45) and Charlie Clist (24) – a century-maker in the two-day game with Ireland at Stourbridge – had earlier put on 47 for the third wicket after the home side lost both their openers for ducks.

A late bit of momentum was provided by Ed Bragg’s 21 off 15 balls with four fours as Worcestershire were bowled out for 251 in 49.2 overs.

Riecko Parker-Cole shared the new ball and made two early breakthroughs for the Academy.

But their victory hopes were dashed by Alex Stiles who remained unbeaten on 137 from 123 balls with two sixes and 21 fours.

He added 63 for the third wicket with Neil Rock, 78 for the fourth with Burton (27) and an unbroken 84 for the fifth with Garth (28 not out) as Ireland reached their target with eight overs to spare.

Parker Cole ended with 2-27 and there was a wicket apiece for Tomson and Holland.

The two sides will meet again today (Friday) in a brace of T20 matches, again at Kidderminster.

WORCESTERSHIRE ACADEMY

Lea c Rock b McFaul 0

Edavalath b Hoey 0

Hinkley c Nulty b Garth 45

Clist b Hoey 24

Holland c Thompson b Hoey 76

Hussain c Metcalfe b Garth 12

Parker-Cole c and b Garth 0

Tomson c Poskett b Nulty 42

Hardwick c Hoey b Nulty 6

Bragg c Hunter b Thompson 21

Davis not out 6

Extras 20

Total (all out) 251 in 49.2 overs

FOW: 0, 9, 56, 88, 108, 108, 211, 220, 226, 251

BOWLING

McFaul 8-0-48-1

Hoey 10-2-33-3

Nulty 8-0-54-2

Hunter 6-0-21-0

Garth 10-0-46-3

Ruttle 4-0-16-0

Thompson 3.2-0-26-1

IRELAND UNDER-19S

Metcalfe lbw Parker-Cole 9

Poskett c Hinkley b Parker-Cole 4

Stiles not out 137

Rock c Marshall b Tomson 31

Burton c Hardwick b Holland 27

Garth not out 28

Extras 17
Total (for 4 wickets) 252 in 42 overs

BOWLING

Davis 5-0-20-0

Parker-Cole 5-0-27-0

Bragg 4-0-34-0

H. Marshall 10-0-39-0

Tomson 8-0-57-1

Holland 6-0-42-1

Hussain 4-0-33-0