Worcestershire 104 for 1 (Roderick 52, Libby 46*) vs Durham
The opener introduced up his private milestone with a unmarried off Durham’s new signing, Sri Lanka seamer Vishwa Fernando.
Libby and Gareth Roderick placed on 97 when after all were given underway at 3.45pm with a conceivable 36 overs final. Stipulations had seemed perfect for bowling after Durham captain Scott Borthwick gained the toss. However his bowlers didn’t to find the correct period on a constant foundation and Roderick had time to finish a half-century sooner than he used to be brushed aside via Bas de Leede in a while sooner than unhealthy mild halted play.
The morning pleasure within the town revolved across the discovery of an unexploded wartime shell that closed a part of the centre.
Durham had already confident themselves of promotion, after Leicestershire failed to assemble any batting bonus issues in remaining week’s defeat at Sussex, and required a most of 5 extra issues to clinch the Department Two name.
Nearest opponents Worcestershire started the sport 21 issues forward of third-placed Leicestershire who had leapfrogged Sussex following the south-coast membership’s issues deduction.
The house aspect have been unchanged however Durham passed a debut to Vishwa, with Brydon Carse and Matthew Potts on England accountability.
Roderick and Libby followed a favorable method in opposition to Ben Raine and Fernando. The primary 10 overs yielded 41 runs by way of a mix of obstacles and the occasional play and leave out, in particular in opposition to 51-wicket Raine. However the brand new ball assault struggled to discover a constant line and period and Libby produced two of the photographs of a truncated consultation with back-foot duvet drives for 4 on the expense of Fernando and Paul Coughlin.
Libby had fortune on his aspect when on 43 as replays confirmed he used to be wanting his floor from Paul Coughlin’s direct hit after turning de Leede to hide.
Roderick drove de Leede for his 8th boundary to finish a 73-ball half-century however he used to be comprehensively bowled via his subsequent supply after running to leg with 97 at the board. Libby simply had time to finish his private run milestone sooner than the gamers have been taken off.