Worcestershire Academy shared the spoils when taking on Ireland Under-19s in a T20 double header at Kidderminster’s Chester Road ground.

Ireland won the opening game by seven wickets but the home side responded with a six wicket success.

It brought to a climax an excellent week of cricket against the Ireland team incorporating red ball, 50 over and T20 matches.

In Game One Worcestershire opted to bat and were restricted to 109-8 in their 20 overs.

They lost wickets at regular intervals before Dan Holland gave the innings some late impetus with 27 off 17 balls.

Holland also picked up a wicket and there was also one apiece for Henry Marshall and Zain Ul-Hassan but Ireland reached their modest target with nearly six overs to spare.

The roles were reversed in Game Two with Ireland choosing to bat first and totalling 162-3 with Neil Rock hitting an unbeaten 82 from 57 balls and adding 118 for the second wicket with M. Poskett, 61 off 49 deliveries.

Ul-Hassan bowled a tidy four over spell of 1-27 and then the Academy set about their task in an aggressive manner.

Dan Holland hit a quickfire 28 and there were useful contributions down the order before Xavie Clarke played the major innings in sealing victory.

He made 54 off 32 deliveries with one six and five fours before he was run out after adding 57 with Alex Hinkley (29 not out).

The Academy sealed their win with an over to spare.

GAME ONE

WORCESTERSHIRE ACADEMY

Ul-Hassan c Nulty b Hoey 10

Miszowkski c Garth b Neary 11

Johal c Hoey b McDonnell 17

Clarke b Neary 1

Dobson c and McDonnell 11

Hinkley c Thompson b Neary 21

Holland run out 27

Tomson not out 4

Clark run out (Poskett) 5

Extras 2

Total (for 8 wickets) 109

FOW: 17, 23, 34, 49, 60, 97, 99, 109

BOWLING

Garth 4-0-19-0

Hoey 3-0-14-1

Neary 4-0-16-3

McDonnell 4-0-23-2

Thompson 4-0-24-0

Nulty 1-0-13-0

IRELAND UNDER-19S

Metcalfe lbw H. Marshall 39

Poskett c Johal b Ul-Hassan 6

Rock c Clark b Holland 21

Stiles not out 23

Burton not out 21

Extras 0

Total (for 3 wickets) 110 in 14.1 overs


BOWLING

Baker 2-0-12-0

Ul-Hassan 2-0-11-1

H. Marshall 3.1-0-27-1

Dobson 3-0-22-0

Johal 1-0-8-0

Clark 1-0-8-0

Holland 2-0-22-1

GAME TWO

Metcalfe c Holland b Ul-Hassan 5

Poskett c Baker b Clark 61

Rock not out 82

Hunter c Ul-Hassan b H. Marshall 4

Burton not out 1

Extras 9

Total (for 3 wickets) 162

FOW: 11, 129, 149

BOWLING

Baker 2-0-17-0

Ul-Hassan 4-0-27-1

H. Marshall 3-0-28-1

Holland 2-0-16-0

Dobson 3-0-20-0

Tomson 2-0-17-0

Clark 3-0-21-1

Miszowski 1-0-14-0

WORCESTERSHIRE ACADEMY

Hardwick c Burton b Garth 16
Holland c Rock b Hoey 28

Miszowski b Ruttle 25

Clarke run out (sub) 54

Hinkley not out 29

Ul-Hassan not out 10

Extras 4

Total (for 4 wickets) 166 in 19 overs

FOW: 43, 53, 85, 142

BOWLING

Garth 4-0-21-1

Hoey 3-0-28-1

McFaul 1-0-10-0

Neary 2-0-18-0

McDonnell 4-0-25-0

Ruttle 2-0-21-1

Hunter 1-0-14-0

Nulty 2-0-28-0