Zain Ul-Hassan and the Worcestershire Academy’s lower order batsmen led a partial recovery on day two of the Tri-Series match with Northamptonshire Academy at Bromsgrove CC.

The visitors declared on 538-7 in their first innings and then reduced Worcestershire to 74-6 at one stage.

But the last four wickets added 153 to take the final total to 227 all out.

Northamptonshire did not enforce the follow on despite a lead of 311 and reached 10-1 by the close.

Ul-Hassan (40) and Ben Twohig (38) added 68 for the seventh wicket.

After the pair had been dismissed, Alex Simpson (36) and Billy Cox (43) continued the resistance with a partnership of 74 for the ninth wicket.

Simpson then struck an early blow in Northamptonshire’s second innings.

They had resumed on 513-3 in their first innings and lost four quick wickets before the declaration with Simpson finishing with 3-84 and Ollie Westbury 2-92.


Northants Academy – first innings continued

(overnight 513-3 declared)

A Dhadwal+ c O Westbury b A Simpson 130

W Thomas c C Lea b O Westbury 18

M Wells c B Fitzmaurice b A Simpson 9

O Clark run out(J Dell) 1

T Heathfield not out 0

W Heathfield not out 0

Extras 25

Total (for 7 wickets declared) 538

Bowling

FOW: 519, 528, 530, 538

Bowling

A Simpson 16.5-1-84-3

M Davis 17-2-83-0

B Cox 11-0-49-0

Z Hassan 11-2-64-1

B Twohig 29-1-147-0

O Westbury 22-3-92-2


Worcestershire Academy – first innings

O Westbury lbw b T Heathfield 23

C Lea c C Thurston b W Heathfield 13

J Dell c C Thurston b W Heathfield 4

X Clarke c A Dhadwal b T Heathfield 5

Z Hassan c C Thurston b W Heathfield 40

W Wade c O Clark b T Heathfield 7

J Johal b T Heathfield 0

B Twohig* st A Dhadwal b O Clark 38

A Simpson b Q Dawlatzai 36

B Cox c C Thurston b Q Dawlatzai 43

M Davis not out 0

Extras 18

Total (all out) 227

FOW: 26, 38, 45, 48, 74, 74, 142, 146, 220, 227

Bowling

T Heathfield 14-4-37-4

W Heathfield 14-4-45-3

Q Dawlatzai 10.2-4-35-2

F Niyazi 4-0-14-0

S Ahmadzai 7-1-33-0

O Clark 11-2-33-1

S Zaib 6-2-19-0


Northants Academy – second innings

H Adair not out 8

M Wells lbw b A Simpson 0

W Thomas not out 1

Extras 1

Total (for 1 wickets) 10

FOW: 1

Bowling

A Simpson 4-1-8-1

M Davis 3-2-1-0