Skipper Nick Hammond became the second Worcestershire Academy player in 24 hours to score a century as his side completed a 50 over double over Ireland Under-17s at Stourbridge CC.

Hammond followed the achievement of Jack Haynes on Monday as he hit an unbeaten 127off 123 balls in the Academy's seven wicket win with nearly 13 overs to spare.

It completed a successful two days for Hammond who had also scored 73 the previous day in the Academy's four wicket win.

But Jujhar Johal also enjoyed a fine all-round match with a half century and three wickets.

Ireland again opted to bat first and at one stage reached 113-1 after Andrew Vincent (33) and Sam Murphy (570 had added 98 in 23 overs for the second wicket.

But only Harry Tector (48) of the remaining batsmen reached double figures as Ireland were bowled out for 198 in 44.4 overs.

Johal worked his way through the lower order to finish with 3-43 and Xavier Clarke(2-26) and William Wade (2-31) also chipped in as Ireland lost three of their top six through run-outs.

The Academy lost two early wickets and were 17-2 when Hammond and Johal joined forces for a match-winning partnership of 169 in 30 overs.

When Johal was eventually dismissed for 54 off 75 balls with seven fours, only 13 more runs were needed for victory.

Hammond struck three sixes and 16 fours as the Academy secured their win after 37.1 overs.

The two sides will meet again on Thursday and Friday in a series of T20 matches at Bromsgrove CC.

IRELAND UNDER-17S

Grassi run out (Hammond) 15

Murphy b Wade 57

Vincent run out (Hasan) 33

Tector st Wilcox b Clarke 48

Kennedy lbw Wade 0

Topping run out (Pennington) 2

Anders c Clarke b Johal 7

Kelly b Johal 2

Little lbw Johal 5

Neville c Johal b Clarke 9

Chopra not out 1

Extras 19

Total (all out) 198 in 44.4 overs

FOW: 15, 113, 116, 116, 124, 152, 159, 180, 197, 198

BOWLING

Cox 7-0-24-0

Charters 5-1-27-0

Davis 6-0-20-0

Finch 5-0-19-0

Wade 6-0-31-2

Johal 10-1-43-3

Clarke 5.4-0-26-2

 

WORCESTERSHIRE ACADEMY

Balderson c Grassi b Kelly 2

Wade b Cawley 0

Hammond not out 127

Johal st Grassi b Chopra 54

Hassan not out 1

Extras 18

Total (for 3 wickets) in 37.1 overs

FOW: 4, 17, 186

BOWLING

Kelly5-0-20-1

Cawley 5.1-0-29-1

Anders 1-0-10-0

Topping 10-0-44-0

Chopra 9-0-50-1

Neville 7-0-49-2