Seconds Beaten At Brandon

Seconds Beaten At Brandon

Seconds Beaten At Brandon

Stuart Poynter (right) celebrates a wicket against Worcestershire (photo: Alison Sutherland)

STUMPS. Worcestershire 2nd XI 227 all out (Hepburn 59) v Durham 2nd XI 158 all out. Worcestershire 2nd XI beat Durham 2nd XI by 69 runs.

Points - Worcestershire 2, Durham 0.

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Durham 2nd XI failed to turn around a poor run of form as they slipped to a 69-run defeat against Worcestershire 2nd XI at Brandon.

Josh Bousfield (3-51) and Max Morley (3-49) helped to dismiss the visitors for 227 but after losing early wickets, Durham's run chase rarely looked like being a successful one.

Bousfield, batting at number nine, top-scored with a rapid 48, before he became the last wicket to fall as the New Road outfit wrapped up a comfortable win.

It means that Durham have lost their last seven in all competitions, with a championship game against Worcestershire starting on Wednesday morning.

Visiting captain Gareth Andrew won the toss and the former Somerset all-rounder elected to bat first. Matthew Pardoe and George Rhodes, son of Worcestershire Coach Steve, compiled 41 for the first wicket before Irish International Peter Chase made the breakthrough on his return to the side.

The dangerous Andrew was looking threatening until the spin of Ryan Buckley accounted for the left-hander on 35.

Although most of the batsmen reached double figures, 18-year-old Alex Hepburn provided the backbone to the innings as he hit 59 from 75 balls to help Worcestershire set a victory target of 228.

Durham's reply got off to a bad start when Jack Clark fell at the end of the second over. Skipper Graham Clark, Rammy Singh and Stuart Poynter all got starts but couldn't capitalise as the hosts slumped to 98-7.

Eight boundaries in just 32 balls from Bousfield gave the total more respectability but his dismissal in the 34th over brought a premature end to the contest.