Notts’ U18s suffered double-header disappointment with two friendly defeats against Worcestershire at Old Hill Cricket Club on Sunday.

Left-arm spinner Josh Baker starred for those hosts in both fixtures as Worcestershire won the first match of the day by 22 runs, and the second by six wickets.

Sam King led from the front with a 23 run cameo in the first clash and three wickets in the second, but it was to no avail as the Green and Golds returned to the East Midlands with nothing to show for their efforts.

Having won the toss and elected to field, Worcestershire number four Oliver Walker did the bulk of the damage with 52 from 31 balls as the home side posted 121 in a rain-reduced affair, with 15 overs available for Notts to chase the target. 

However, 37 from Lucas Stentiford wasn’t enough as wickets fell around him, Ben Wilcox (17) and King the only other Notts batsmen to get into double figures as the visitors concluded their allotted overs on 99. 

The scorecard from the first fixture can be found here.

Captain King chose to bat first after winning the toss in the second game, with a full 20 over game to be played. 

However, Notts were unable to find as much success as their counterparts setting the target, decimated by Baker and England international Pat Brown on his return from injury.

The in-form Travis Holland, Stentiford and King all made it to the teens before the hosts had their way, but crucial late order contributions from George Park (28) and Qundeel Haider (16*) gave Notts an defendable total of 134. 

Seamer King took three early wickets and Fateh Singh snared one of his own to give the Green and Golds a sniff of victory, but opener Rehaan Edavalath and wicketkeeper Henry Cullen guided the home side to victory, sharing a partnership of 82 for the fifth wicket.

The scorecard from the second fixture can be found here.