Jujhar Johal hit a superb 159 as Worcestershire Under-17s continued their fightback after being asked to follow on and earned an exciting draw against Devon Under-17s in the ECB County Championship at Stourport CC.

Johal resumed on 95 out of 187-1 with Worcestershire still four runs in arrears after being asked to bat again following their dismissal for 149.

He went onto face 302 balls and struck 20 fours before he was fifth out at 360.

Johal figured in further stands today of 81 with Mahaaz Ahmed (33) and 51 with Xavier Clarke (29) after his century partnership with fellow opener and skipper Callum Lea laid the foundations yesterday.

After his departure, Kris Green (24) and Matt Davis added a further 65 for the seventh wicket.

Davis was in aggressive mood and hit 73 off 53 deliveries with two sixes and seven fours before the declaration at 455-8.

That left Devon a target of 265 and they went for their shots in an attempt to pull off the win.

Openers H. Sargent (66) and A. Causey (44) put on 90 in 19 overs and a further 89 was added for the fourth wicket by J. Khan (63) and H. Ward (38).

But, despite a quickfire 33 not out from S. Taylor, the game ended with Devon on 257-6 from 40 overs.

It was an excellent advert for Under-17s cricket over three days with Worcestershire fighting back in style after following on 191 behind to earn a second successive draw in the competition.

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Worcestershire Under-17s – second innings continued

(overnight 187-1)

J Johal run out (M Hancock) 159

M Ahmed c S Taylor b S Woodcock 33

Z Ul Hassan* lbw b C Yabsley 29

X Clarke c S Taylor b E Adams 29

M Davis b M Hancock 73

G Hatfield b E Adams 10

K Green c H Sargent b J Onley-Gregson 24

B Cox not out 3

P Clark not out 2

Extras 29

Total (for 8 wickets declared) 455

FOW continued: 230, 267, 318, 360, 385, 450, 451

Bowling

J Onley-Gregson 14-2-63-1

J Gibbs 17-3-59-0

E Adams 18-1-79-2

JBovey 5-2-6-0

C Yabsley 18-2-55-1

M Hancock 21-3-89-1

S Woodcock 19-1-66-1

A Causey 7-0-12-1

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Devon Under-17s – second innings

H Sargent b C Cross 66

A Causey run out (J Johal) 44

J Gibbs* b C Cross 0

J Khan c J Johal b M Ahmed 63

H Ward c C Cross b Z Hassan 38

S Taylor+ not out 33

J Bovey run out (M Ahmed) 2

M. Hancock not out 0

Extras 11

Total (for 6 wickets) 257 in 40 overs

FOW: 90, 90, 125, 214, 246, 256

Bowling

B Cox 9-1-28-0

M Davis 4-0-26-0

Z Hassan 8-0-40-1

C Cross 7-0-68-2

M Ahmed 10-0-67-1

P Clark 2-0-17-0