Worcestershire v Warwickshire
New Road. 20th – 23rd April 2011
Worcestershire will look to try to bounce back from the defeat against their local rivals Warwickshire. There were some positives from the first match but it did highlight the step up in standard between the two divisions. Worcestershire played well for the early sessions of the match but one poor session on the second day allowed Yorkshire back into the match and they were able to take full advantage.
Alan Richardson bowled well and was unlucky not take more wickets in the first innings and Damien Wright looked dangerous in his first spell. Matt Pardoe batted sensibly in the first innings on his First Class debut.
Warwickshire will come into the match full of confidence after their comprehensive victory over Somerset last week, even without their two England batsmen. Mohammad Yousuf looks set to make his debut for Warwickshire during the match. Worcestershire will be keen to make amends for their opening match.
The last meeting at New Road (scorecard) between the two sides was in September 2009, with Warwickshire winning by an innings and 18 runs.Ian Westwood scored 133 and Jonathan Trott 93 in the visitors 1st innings score of 443. Richard Jones took his first 5 wicket haul to take 6-100 in the first innings. The home side were bowled out cheaply in the first innings, with Chris Woakes taking 5-40. Having been asked to follow on Worcestershire batted better in the second innings with half centuries from Stephen Moore and Steve Davies but it was not enough to avoid the innings defeat.
Head to Head record:
Worcestershire have played Warwickshire 186 times in First Class cricket with Warwickshire leading the way with 46 wins to Worcestershire’s 38 with 102 drawn matches.
Highest individual scores:
(Wor) Glenn Turner 311* New Road 1982
(War) Frank Foster 305* Dudley 1914
Best innings bowling:
(Wor) Fred Root 7-31 New Road 1923
(War) Tom Pritchard 8-20 Dudley 1950
Matt Mason equalled his career best First Class score of 63 in the last match against Yorkshire and he is now only one match away from playing his 100th First Class match. Matt Pardoe made his First Class debut in the last match against Yorkshire.