Worcestershire Under-17s were on the receiving end of a century from Toby Albert as Hampshire Under-17s established a first innings lead of 231 on day two of the Specsavers County Championship match at Totton and Eling CC.

Albert reached three figures off 189 balls with 19 fours and a double century partnership with George Pardoe seized the initiative for the home side.

Hampshire had resumed on 74-3 in reply to Worcestershire’s 181 all out and Pete Clark picked up two wickets in quick succession to leave the game evenly poised at 131-5.

But then Albert and Pardoe (88) joined forces for a stand of 201 before the latter was stumped by Henry Cullen off Josh Baker.

Baker collected another scalp soon afterwards and it became 357-8 when Clark returned to the attack to enjoy a third success.

Albert went to his century off 189 balls with 19 fours and he eventually retired not out on 169 – from 287 deliveries with 30 boundaries.

Hampshire were eventually bowled out for 412 with Clark (28-4-89-3), Baker (29.1-7-98-3), Charlie Williams (13-2-65-2) and George Marshall (21-6-59-1) the wicket-takers.

Worcestershire lost early wickets in their second innings Dan Holland (6), Rehan Edavaleth (10) and Alex Hinkley (4) falling cheaply.

But from 23-3, captain Peter Clark (20 not out) and Ollie Walker (20 not out) added an unbroken 43 to lift the total to 66-3 from 33 overs by the close and they will be looking to show similar defiance tomorrow.