Worcestershire Academy gained a thrilling one-run success over South and South West Under-15s in a 50 over encounter at Bromsgrove CC.

The visitors were left a 199 target and came to the last over from Ryan Wheldon needing six for victory with one wicket left.

The equation became two from two balls when Jamie Baird went for a single after playing the ball to backward point but he was run out by Aaron Tomson’s direct hit at the non striker’s end.

Tomson had also been one of a trio of young spinners along with Oliver Cox and Freddie Fallows who bowled well for the Academy.

Between them they bowled a combined total of 27 overs for 80 runs and four wickets.

Worcestershire were put into bat and were dismissed for 198 with their innings built around a fine knock of 73 from Alex Hinkley.

He went in first wicket down and hit 73 from 96 balls with two sixes and eight fours before being sixth out at 130.

Oli Caswell helped him add 59 for the second wicket and then useful runs from the lower order carried the Academy total close to 200.

The South-South West got off to a fine start to their reply with openers Henry Smeed (52) and James Coles (21) putting on 76 in 14.4 overs before Tomson picked up two quick wickets.

But after Smeed’s departure – third out with the total on 113 in the 25th over – the efforts of the spinners and Jamie Hammond pegged them back.

Wickets then fell at regular intervals to set up the exciting finale.

Hammond finished with 3-35, Tomson 2-25 and Fallows 2-32.

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Caswell c Horton b Prest 14

Cox c Horton b Saleem 2

Hinkley c Smeed b Khanna 73

Miszkowski c Naish b Prest 0

Cullen b Prest 0

Walker run out (Prest) 14

Tomson b Khanna 16

Davis st Horton b Khanna 19

Stanley c Baker b Saleem 24

Wheldon not out 12

Hammond c Beaumont b Saleem 2

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Total (all out) 198 in 50 overs

FOW: 8, 67, 67, 74, 120, 130, 151, 160, 195, 198

BOWLING

Baker 8-1-45-0

Saleem 10-1-31-3

Petrie 2-0-10-0

Khanna 10-2-23-3

Prest 10-1-37-3

Abbas 10-1-43-0

SOUTH AND SOUTH WEST UNDER-15S

Smeed run out (Cox) 52

Coles st Cullen Tomson 21

Langston lbw Tomson 13

Horton c and b Fallows 29

Beaumont b Hammond 6

Prest b Hammond 0

Naish c Davis b Fallows 4

Baird run out (Tomson) 15

Abbas c Walker b Wheldon 23

Wells lbw Hammond 2

Petrie not out 2

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Total (all out) 197 in 49.5 overs

FOW: 76, 108, 113, 141, 141, 149, 150, 187, 190, 197

BOWLING

Davis 4-0-24-0

Wheldon 6.5-2-28-1

Hammond 8-1-35-3

Stanley 4-0-17-0

Tomson 10-2-25-2

Cox 7-1-21-0