Zain Ul-Hassan impressed with ball and then bat as Worcestershire Under-17s completed a convincing seven wicket win over Devon Under-17s in a Royal London Cup Group 4A encounter at Stourport CC. 

Ul-Hassan took the new ball Devon elected to bat and finished with the excellent figures of 3-31 from his 10 overs.

He then ended unbeaten on 33 and shared in an unbroken stand of 63 in 12 overs with Xavier Clarke – younger brother of Joe – as Worcestershire won with 9.2 overs to spare.

It was their second successive win after their nine wicket triumph over Somerset Under-17s the previous weekend.

Ul-Hassan's victims included B.Phillips who top-scored for Devon with 51 off 79 balls with one six and six fours out of a total of 178-7 in 50 overs.

There were several excellent performances from the Worcestershire bowlers.

Mahaaz Ahmed gave Ul-Hassan good support with 2-40 from his 10 overs, Clarke conceded only 30 runs in 10 overs and George Marshall finished with 1-22 from nine.

Skipper Jack Haynes and Jujhar Johal gave Worcestershire the ideal start in reply with an opening stand of 88 in 19 overs.

Haynes, a century-maker against Somerset, made 39 off 56 balls with five fours while Johal fell one short of his half century. He hit 10 boundaries in his 63 ball knock.

Ul-Hassan and Clarke (30 not out) then joined forces at 119-3 and saw Worcestershire over the finishing line in 40.4 overs.

The pair both struck five boundaries

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Devon Under-17s

H Sargent c and b M Ahmed 26

A Causey c B Fitzmaurice b Z Hassan 11

H Ward c X Clarke b M Ahmed 22

J Khan c B Fitzmaurice b G Marshall 3

B Phillips+ b Z Hassan 51

J Lathwell run out(M Davis) 13

B Abrahams b Z Hassan 21

L Horn not out 10

K Szymanski not out 14

Extras 7

Total (for 7 wickets) 178 in 50 overs

FOW: 36, 50, 63, 69, 111, 147, 152

Bowling

Z Hassan 10-2-31-3

A Finch 6-0-30-0

M Ahmed 10-1-40-2

G Marshall 9-2-22-1

X Clarke 10-1-30-0

C Brandrick 5-0-23-0

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Worcestershire Under-17s

J Haynes* c B Phillips b L Horn 39

J Johal c B Phillips b J Lathwell 49

C Brandrick c H Ward b M Hancock 13

Z Hassan not out 33

X Clarke not out 30

Extras 18

Total (for 3 wickets) 182 in 40.4 overs

FOW: 88, 96, 119

Bowling

C Yabsley 5-0-23-0

J Gibbs 8-2-24-0

M Hancock 10-0-46-1

K Szymanski 5-0-25-0

L Horn 8-0-41-1

J Lathwell 4-0-13-1

B Abrahams 0.4-0-8-0