Triallist Alex Eckland scored a half century for Worcestershire Academy on the opening day of the Tri-Series clash with Leicestershire Academy at Bromsgrove CC.

Eckland, a pupil at Millfield School, and Xavier Clarke were the players to pass the fifty mark as the Academy were bowled out for 271 in 79.4 overs after electing to bat.

But all nine of the other players in the team reached double figures without anyone scoring more than 21.

In reply Leicestershire reached 134-1 off 24.2 overs by the close.

Clarke dominated a fourth wicket stand of 61 with skipper Zain Ul-Hassan after they had joined forces at 53-3.

He struck 12 boundaries in his 61 off 75 balls before he was eventually fifth out at 128.

Eckland, who has also played for Devon and Somerset, added 66 for the seventh wicket with Riecko Parker-Cole (21).

He was eighth out at 224 and his 60 off 79 deliveries contained eight fours.

Donald Butchart was the most successful bowler for Leicestershire, returning5-89 off 18 overs.

He then helped Ashish Trusz to put on 134 for the opening Leicestershire wicket before the stand was broken right at the end of the day.

The wicket went to Pete Clark who dismissed Trusz for 85 to leave Butchart unbeaten on 45.

WORCESTERSHIRE ACADEMY – FIRST INNINGS

Lea c Bates b Patel 18

Clist c Graham b Patel 20

Holland c Funnell b Trusz 12

Clarke c Bates b Butchart 61

Ul-Hassan c Funnell b Butchart 10

Eckland c Funnell b Butchart 60

Clark c Bates b Dickinson 17

Parker-Cole c Funnell b Butchart 21

Evans not out 17

Hardwick b Butchart 12

Bragg c Bowley b Dickinson 14

Extras 9

Total (all out) 271 in 79.4 overs

FOW: 39, 49, 53, 114, 128, 157, 223, 224, 237, 271

BOWLING

Jones 9-2-22-0

Graham 8-1-29-0

Patel 13-2-48-2

Trusz 7-4-11-1

Bowley 16-5-32-0

Butchart 18-1-89-5

Dickinson 8.4-0-34-2

LEICESTERSHIRE SECONDS – FIRST INNINGS

Trusz c Clist b Clark 85

Butchart not out 45

Nightingale not out 0

Extras 4

Total (for 1 wicket) 134 off 24.2 overs

FOW: 134

BOWLING

Parker-Cole 5-0-26-0

Davis 5-1-21-0

Ul-Hassan 6-0-25-0

Bragg 1-0-17-0

Clarke 4.2-0-28-1

Evans 3-0-17-0