Ed Barnard picked up three wickets and was one of four batsmen to score a half century as Worcestershire went down by 71 runs to The North in a 50 over match at the ICC Academy in Dubai today.

It was invaluable practice for the County in their first action since the end of last season against strong opponents.

The North totalled 416-6 in what was a warm-up match for them ahead of the three game series with The South.

Worcestershire batsman Joe Clarke made 27 batting at number five against his County team-mates before he fell to Barnard.

But Ben Duckett (137) and Keaton Jennings (92) were the main contributors for The North.

Duckett struck three sixes and 22 fours in his 92 ball knock and shared in an opening stand of 132 with Sam Hain (47).

Jennings, who hit five sixes and seven fours, helped Duckett add 81 for the second wicket and 96 for the third with Liam Livingstone (45) before he was another Barnard victim.

Barnard finished with 3-62 from nine overs and Charlie Morris claimed two wickets for 83 in his 10 overs, breaking the opening stand by dismissing Hain and also accounting for Livingstone.

Worcestershire openers Daryl Mitchell and Brett D'Oliveira put on 128 in 20 overs.

Mitchell was the dominant partner and made 89 off 73 balls with two sixes and 12 fours.

D'Oliveira was fourth out at 185, having made 65 off 70 deliveries with two sixes and three fours.

Then new skipper Joe Leach – 53 off 35 balls – and Barnard – 51 off 36 – added 106 for the seventh wicket as the County were bowled out for 345 in 48 overs.

THE NORTH

S.R. Hain lbw Morris 47

B.M. Duckett c Rhodes b Kervezee 137

K.K. Jennings lbw Barnard 92

L.S. Livingstone c Kervezee b Morris 45

J.M. Clarke c Fell b Barnard 27

J.A. Leaning c Shantry b Barnard 24

T.T. Bresnan Not out 21

P. Coughlin Not out 0

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Total (for 6 wickets) 418 in 50 overs

FALL OF WICKETS: 132 (Hain), 213 (Duckett) 309 (Livingstone), 366 (Jennings), 367 (Clarke), 403 (Leaning).

WORCESTERSHIRE BOWLING

J. Leach 9 overs, 0 maidens, 73 runs, 0 wickets, economy 8.11

E. Barnard 9-0-62-3, 6.89

G.Rhodes 4-0-37-0, 9.25

J. Shantry 6-0-58-0, 9.67

C. Morris 10-0-83-2, 8.30

B. D'Oliveira 7-0-49-0

D. Mitchell 2-0-21-0

A. Kervezee 3-0-23-1

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WORCESTERSHIRE

D.K.H. Mitchell c Livingstone b White 89

B.L. D'Oliveira c Bresnan b White 65

T.C. Fell c Bresnan b Poysden 8

A.N. Kervezee c Hain b Poysden 15

O.B. Cox b Livingstone 7

R.A. Whiteley c Livingstone b Wood 8

J. Leach c Hain b Coughlin 53

E.G. Barnard b Mahmood 51

G.H Rhodes lbw Gurney 1

J.D. Shantry c Leaning b Poysden 18

C.A.J. Morris not out 10

Extras 20

Total (all out) 345 in 48 overs

FALL OF WICKETS: 128 (Mitchell), 147 (Fell), 175 (Kervezee), 185 (D'Oliveira), 193 (Cox), 197 (Whiteley), 303 (Leach), 308 (Rhodes), 320 (Barnard), 345 (Shantry).

THE NORTH BOWLING

M. Wood 6 overs, 1 maiden, 22 runs, 1 wicket, economy 3.67

T. Bresnan 7-0-58-0, 8.28

S. Mahmood 6-0-38-1, 6.33

H. Gurney 7-0-56-1, 8.00

P. Coughlin 7-0-68-1, 9.71

G. White 7-0-50-2, 7.14

J. Poysden 6-0-42-3, 7.00

L. Livingstone 2-0-7-1, 3.50