Worcestershire Under-17s conceded a first innings lead of 126 but struck two early blows with the ball in Devon Under-17s second innings on day two of the ECB County Championship match at Sandford.

The visitors resumed on 51-2 and were bowled out for 246 with six players today scoring between 21 and 48 but no-one going onto make a major contribution.

But then Riecko Parker-Cole and Matt Davis picked up a wicket apiece during tight opening spells as Devon closed on 29-2 from 15 overs – an overall advantage of 155.

Worcestershire’s not out batsmen, Dan Holland and Zain Ul-Hassan fell victim to Sam Read for 41 and 21 respectively to leave their side on 78-4.

Alex Hinkley and Pete Clark then held the Devon attack at bay during a fifth wicket partnership of 90.

Hinkkley made 48 off 103 balls with five boundaries when he was dismissed by Sam Woodcock and at the same total Clark – 42 from 94 deliveries also with five fours – became another victim of Read.

A rain break followed shortly afterwards and when the players returned Worcestershire slipped to 198-8 before Aaron Tomson (31) and Ed Bragg (21) added 41 for the ninth wicket.

Read finished with the impressive figures of 25-8-37-4.

WORCESTERSHIRE UNDER-17S – FIRST INNINGS CONTINUED

(overnight 51-2)

Holland st Taylor b Read 41

Ul-Hassan c Middleton b Read 21

Hinkley c Onley-Gregson b Woodcock 48

Clark c Middleton b Read 42

Parker-Cole b Read 15

Tomson c Simmons b Adams 31

Hardwick c and b Middleton 1

Bragg c Taylor b Adams 21

Davis not out 5

Total (all out) 246 in 87.3 overs

FOW CONTINUED: 73, 78, 168, 168, 197, 198, 239, 246

BOWLING

Onley-Gregson 10-4-32-0

Simmons 10-2-34-2

Adams 9.3-2-34-2

Read 25-8-37-4

Medlock 3-1-5-0

Middleton 17-5-50-1

Moore 3-0-17-0

Woodcock 10-1-33-1

DEVON UNDER-17S – SECOND INNINGS

Kopparambi c Hardwick b Davis 6

Read b Parker-Cole

Sapiecha not out 16

Khan not out 4

Total (for 2 wickets) 29 in 15 overs

FOW: 7, 15

BOWLING

Parker-Cole 7-3-10-1

Davis 6-3-10-1

Bragg 1-0-8-0

Ul-Hassan 1-0-1-0