Skipper Ben Twohig hit an undefeated half century as Worcestershire Academy recovered from a poor start to their second innings in the drawn Tri-Series game with Northamptonshire Academy at Bromsgrove CC.

The home side were set a 398 target after Northants, who were 10-1 in their second innings, added 76 in 8.1 overs before declaring at 86-2.

Worcestershire lost two wickets in the first over when they launched their reply with opener Ollie Westbury and Will Wade both dismissed for ducks to the third and fifth balls from T. Heathfield.

Heathfield struck a third blow with 17 on the board with the wicket of Jujhar Johal (6) but then Worcestershire slowly but surely fought back.

Josh Dell and Callum Lea added 58 for the fourth wicket before the former fell two short of his half century.

Lea was fifth out for 23 with the total on 92 but Twohig and Mahaaz Ahmed joined forces to put on 64 in 21 overs.

Ahmed went for 27 but Twohig remained unbeaten on 65 from 116 balls with two sixes and five fours and, with support from Alex Simpson, saw the total through to 188-6.

Heathfield ended with the excellent figures of 11-7-8-3.


Northants Academy – second innings continued

(overnight 10-1)

H Adair not out 33

W Thomas b W Wade 52

C Thurston* not out 0

Extras 1

Total (for 2 wickets declared) 86 in 15.1 overs

FOW continued: 86

A Simpson 5-1-20-1

M Davis 5-2-15-0

B Twohig 1-0-5-0

O Westbury 1-0-8-0

C Lea 1-0-9-0

M Ahmed 1-0-11-0

J Johal 1-0-17-0

W Wade 0.1-0-0-1


Worcestershire Academy – second innings

O Westbury c H Adair b T Heathfield 0

J Johal b T Heathfield 6

W Wade lbw b T Heathfield 0

J Dell lbw b O Clark 48

C Lea lbw b O Clark 23

B Twohig* not out 65

M Ahmed lbw b S Zaib 27

A Simpson not out 9

Extras 10

Total (for 6 wickets) 188 in 63 overs

FOW: 0, 0, 17, 75, 92, 156

Bowling

T Heathfield 11-7-8-3

W Heathfield 3-0-8-0

Q Dawlatzai 11-1-55-0

O Clark 17-6-32-2

F Niyazi 5-1-16-0

S Ahmadzai 10-2-44-0

S Zaib 6-1-19-1