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Bromsgrove CC's Wilkinson makes first class debut

Craig Gibbons 31st Mar, 2017 Updated: 31st Mar, 2017

BROMSGROVE CC’s Alex Wilkinson was handed his first class cricket debut this week when he played for Oxford MCCU against county side Surrey.

The left-arm seam bowler was the first homegrown player in the Boars’ 175-year history to reach the milestone on Tuesday.

And the day was made even sweeter for Wilkinson when he got the first wicket of the game, dismissing Rory Burns (37) leg before wicket.

The 20-year-old ended with figures of 1-82 from his 18 overs as Surrey declared on 335-7.

Unfortunately things did not go well with the bat on Wednesday as he fell for a duck, caught, rather ironically, by Burns off the bowling of Mark Footitt.

Oxford were eventually all out for 172 after 60 overs.

Yesterday (Thursday), Wilkinson again did well with the ball, taking 3-35 from his 15 overs, which included six maidens.

Surrey eventually declared their second innings on 142-5 after 49 overs, leaving Oxford with a run chase of 305.

The match was eventually drawn as Oxford reach 64-5 at the end of the final day.

Bromsgrove CC chairman Nick Husbands said: “I have been coaching and mentoring Alex since 2006 and I am immensely proud of what he has achieved.

“He has only ever wanted to be a professional cricketer and having this opportunity with the university will give him a real chance to get noticed.”

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