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Recent Match Report – Worcs vs Notts Group 1 2021



Joe Leach hits 84 as Nos. 8-11 pile on the runs against Nottinghamshire, who are 99 without loss in reply

Nottinghamshire 99 for 0 (Hameed 51*) trail Worcestershire 436 (Libby 117, Leach 84, Joseph 61, Mitchell 59, Barnard 58) by 337 runs

The great summers of Jim Griffiths are long past. Northamptonshire’s No. 11 played 138 innings in his 13-year first-class career, scoring 290 runs at an average of 3.33. His salad day – in truth it was little more than a lettuce leaf enrobed in a dab of Heinz – arrived on July 19, 1982, when he pummelled Gloucestershire’s attack for 16 at Bristol. Otherwise, spectators on the county circuit would talk fondly of the times they saw old Jim make no runs at all.

Griffiths the Prolific came to mind this lovely Friday afternoon as we watched Charlie Morris bat against Nottinghamshire. Morris is also a No. 11 but faced 67 balls for his ten unbeaten runs. Much more to the point, he kept Joe Leach company for 141 minutes as the pair put on 81 for Worcestershire’s last wicket, a partnership that delayed lunch by half an hour and extended the home side’s first innings until just after three o’clock. Morris used to be a member of the Number Eleven Club, albeit he was never remotely in Jim’s class. But he’s worked at his batting in the manner of the modern professional and who knows how many he would have made had he not run out of partner?

Morris’s stand with Leach was only the third in a series of trials for Steven Mullaney’s bowlers. At 4.30 on Thursday afternoon Worcestershire were 216 for 7 and the visitors could look forward to chipping away at a modest total. Nearly 24 hours later the last three wickets had more than doubled the score and it was therefore to the credit of Ben Slater and Haseeb Hameed that Nottinghamshire did not suffer the general chaos that so often follows a last-wicket stand.


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