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Stephen Moore hit an impressive hundred for Worcestershire

Worcestershire were indebted to a blistering century from Stephen Moore which ensured victory by eight wickets over their Essex counterparts in the Second XI Trophy final at New Road.

Moore smashed 14 fours and two sixes in his unbeaten 117 which enabled the midlands county to prevail with more than six of their allotted overs remaining.

Essex won the toss and opened with Alastair Cook, the England Under19 captain, and Zoehb Sharif and these two put on 74 before the latter was dismissed by Shaftab Khalid and Cook followed soon after.

Tim Phillips, a product of Durham University, contributed 33 runs to the Essex cause and he was ably assisted by Ryan ten Doeschate with 47 as the southern county reached 241 all out as the 50th and last over began.

The wickets were shared between the Worcestershire bowlers but Muhammed Nadeem Malik stood out with figures of 3-27.

In reply Worcestershire lost James Pipe early but Moore and Kadeer Ali took control and put on 117 runs for the second wicket which took the game away from Essex.

Kadeer eventually went for 58 but Moore then found another reliable partner in Steve Davies and the two took Worcestershire to victory with Davies unbeaten on 37 and Moore well past the three figure mark.

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