Callum Lea hit an impressive unbeaten half century for Worcestershire Under-19s on an evenly balanced opening day against Northamptonshire Under-19s at Desborough Cricket Club.

Lea came to the wicket at 96-4 and hit an unbeaten 79 as Worcestershire recovered to 258 all out after electing to bat.

He hit 12 boundaries in his 147 ball innings and helped the last three wickets add 119 in partnerships of 45, 35 and 39 with Ryan Wheldon, Billy Cox and Dan Lloyd respectively.

Opener Adam Wiffen was the other main contributor with 47 before he was run out.

When Northamptonshire launched their reply, Billy Cox picked up and early wicket but they were well placed at 124-1.

Worcestershire responded by picking up three wickets in the closing stages of the day.

Adam Finch dismissed opener H. Sargent for 74 and then Wheldon bagged a brace of wickets as the home side ended on 138-4 – still 120 in arrears.

WORCESTERSHIRE UNDER-19S FIRST INNINGS

Herridge b Mohammed 14

Wiffen run out 47

N.Hammond b Home 18

Wilcox lbw Home 18

Johal b Mohammed 14

Lea not out 79

Green b Heathfield 14

Finch b Mohammed 0

Wheldon lbw Rogers 12

Cox c Heathfield b Rogers 18

Lloyd c Adair b Rogers 18

Extras 27

Total (all out) 258 in 75.4 overs

FOW: 19, 74, 88, 96, 128, 137, 139, 184, 219, 258

BOWLING: Mohammed 3-34, Rogers 3-43, Home 2-33, Heathfield 1-42

 

NORTHAMPTONSHIRE UNDER-19S FIRST INNINGS

Home lbw Cox 13

Sargent c Herridge b Finch 74

Adair c Wilcox b Wheldon 34

Rogers lbw Wheldon 5

Claydon not out 9

Thomas not out 0

Extras 3

Total (for 4 wickets) 138 in 35 overs

FOW: 18, 124, 129, 138

BOWLING

Cox 7-4-3-1

Wheldon 8-0-48-2

Finch 9-1-31-1

Lloyd 6-1-29-0

Johal 5-0-25-0