Worcestershire Under-19s made their Northamptonshire counterparts fight all the way before going down by four wickets on the final day at Desborough Cricket Club.

Three more wickets for spinner Jujhar Johal took his tally to seven in the game after Northants were set a modest 144 target.

The game was in the balance at 104-6 but an unbroken stand of 40 between A. King and W. Heathfield tipped the game in favour of the home side.

Johal finished with 3-57 from 19 overs and match figures of 7-114 from 43.3 overs.

Worcestershire resumed on 143-8 and their last two wickets added 19 runs – one of them to spinner C. Haddow who ended with 5-39 from 27.4 overs.

When Northants launched their reply, Billy Cox and Adam Finch both picked up an early wicket.

Northants were well placed at 89-2 but then Johal enjoyed a hat-trick of successes as four wickets went down for 15 runs.

DAY THREE

WORCESTERSHIRE SECOND INNINGS CONTINUED

(overnight 143-8)

Cox c Adair b T. Heathfield 12

Wheldon not out 5

Finch lbw Haddow 8

Extras 21

Total (all out) 162 in 77.4 overs

FOW CONTINUED: 149, 162.

BOWLING

T. Heathfield 13-2-32-1

Mohammed 5-0-30-0

Home 32-16-43-2

Haddow 27.4-13-39-5

 

NORTHANTS UNDER-19S

Home lbw Cox 10

Sargent lbw Johal 29

Adair c Wilcox b Finch 8

Rogers c Lea b Johal 40

Claydon c Wilcox b Cox 0

Thomas lbw Johal 5

King not out 19

W. Heathfield not out 18

Extras 15

Total (for 6 wickets) 144 in 49 overs

FOW: 17, 30, 89, 94, 94, 104

BOWLING

Cox 13-4-25-2

Wheldon 4-0-10-0

Finch 3-0-10-1

Johal 19-3-57-3

Lloyd 8-2-26-0

Green 2-1-5-0