Skipper George Rhodes scored an excellent century for Worcestershire Seconds who were edged out by two wickets by a combined Kent-Northants X1 in a 50 over match at Northampton.

The all-rounder hit 130 off 127 balls with 16 fours as Worcestershire totalled 290-7 after being put into bat.

But Kent-Northants reached their target with 7.3 overs to spare despite losing a late flurry of wickets.

After two days of inclement weather, Worcestershire were delighted to play a full day's cricket in a match played under Royal London One-Day Cup regulations.

Worcs started positively with opener Tom Kohler-Cadmore batting steadily for 17 overs with Rhodes in a stand of 87 for the second wicket in 17 overs.

Kohler-Cadmore was caught at deep midwicket for 59 of 60 balls including 10 boundaries with the total 101-2.

Rhodes batted for 47 of Worcestershire's 50 overs and his first half century came off 74 balls and included only two boundaries and 32 singles.

But he picked the pace up during his second half century which came from a further 43 deliveries, including another eight fours before he was caught in the deep, fifth out at 280.

The combined Kent-Northants side went after the runs from the start.

The mainstay of their innings was Charlie Thurston (79 from 72 deliveries) and, although none of them could match Rhodes’ endurance, each new batsman found the boundary with relative ease which kept their side up with the required run rate.

Worcestershire kept chipping away at the opposition taking regular wickets and holding catches on a cold afternoon, the pick of which was a sharp take at cover by Chris Russell to dismiss wicket keeper Khawaja for nine.

Despite a good effort in the field by Worcestershire, the hosts achieved their total in the 43rd over.

Worcestershire Seconds

Kohler-Cadmore c Blake b Bell 59

Kervezee c Kelsall b Claydon 5

Rhodes c Thurston b Claydon 130

Westbury st Khawaja b White 8

Hepburn c Khawaja b Dickson 30

Barnard c Kelsall b Ball 35

Malik not out 6

Tegg b Ball 1

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Total (for seven wickets) 290 in 50 overs

FOW: 14, 101, 116, 183, 280, 283, 290

Bowling: Ball 3-51, Claydon 2-55

 

Kent-Northants X1

Dickson lbw Tongue 27

Kelsall c Tegg b Barnard 26

Curran c Kervezee b Rhodes 21

Thurston c Barnard b Whiles 79

Blake c and b Russell 38

White c Hepburn b Tongue 55

Khawaja c Russell b Barnard 9

Claydon b Whiles 12

Riley not out 5

Thomas not out 3

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Total (for eight wickets) 291 in 42.3 overs

FOW: 43, 71, 87, 144, 240, 265, 271, 285

Bowling

Russell 8-1-47-1

Barnard 8.3-0-34-2

Tongue 9-0-41-2

Rhodes 3-0-16-1

Whiles 5-0-62-2

Twohig 3-0-39-0

Hepburn 6-0-47-0