Report: Bears v Worcestershire Rapids, Second XI Championship
Dan Mousley continued his prolific form with 222 runs in the match as Warwickshire’s Second XI Championship match with Worcestershire ended in an enthralling draw at Portland Road.
On the final afternoon at the EFSG, the visitors, set a target of 353, finished on 324 for nine, their last pair surviving the last five overs to deny the Bears victory.
Warwickshire’s meaty first innings total of 497 for seven declared was given a strong foundation by Mousley who opened and scored 125 (173 balls). Chris Woakes (67) and Jake Lintott (52) offered good support before George Maddy added a fine ton (103 not out, 175 balls) in an unbroken eighth-wicket stand of 147 in 33 overs with Michael Booth (65, 98 balls).
After the Pears replied with 419 for nine declared (Tommy Rex four for 48, George Garrett three for 76), Mousley was soon flowing again. He scored 97 which, along with Booth’s second half-century of the game, lifted the Bears to 274, setting Worcestershire a final-day target of 353.
On a good batting track, the Bears bowlers pared away at the batting, with two wickets apiece for Rex, Manray Johal and Che Simmons, but Ismail Mohammad’s defiant unbeaten 63 in two hours 20 minutes steered his side to a hard-earned draw.