a fairly level game in which Wccc would have been better placed had we not lost Neil Pinner towards the end.
The day started badly for Worcester – not only did we lose the toss but also lost Richard Jones due to a warm up injury and captain Daryl Mitchell having to bat lower down the order due to sickness. In his absence Johnson opened the innings with Pardoe. They made slow progress on a fairly slow wicket before Pardoe fell to change bowler White, with a score on 28. Johnson followed soon after for a hard fought 18.
Overseas signing “Sammy” Samaraweera joined Moeen at the wicket and neither looked in trouble in taking the score up to 93 until Sammy was out caught for 28.
Kervezee followed soon after for 6 which brought Pinner to the wicket.He batted with a great deal of grit and determination supporting the free flowing Moeen at the other end, who, at times makes the game look so, so simple.
Together the pair put on a partnership of 54 which was ended when Mo , having got bogged down in the 70s, went for a big shot and was caught by the only player in the outfield.
Skipper Mitchell joined Pinner and they ground their way past the 200 before Pinner fell LBW for 29 off 124 balls in an innings that lasted nearly 3 hours but was just what Worcs and the situation needed.
We start Day 2 on 227 for 6 and I think if we can manage to muster a score of around 350 it will make life difficult for Lancs on a pitch that looks like it will only get lower and slower.
Ok back to the bar for Day 2.