WORCESTERSHIRE are setting the pace in the Second XI Trophy North Division.

Coach Alex Gidman’s side have won their first four matches in a bid for a semi-final spot.

They are two points ahead of Warwickshire and four ahead of Yorkshire who have one match in hand.

The County play Durham at Hartlepool tomorrow and host Lancashire at Barnt Green on Monday.

They have already overcome Warwickshire, Derbyshire, MCC Young Cricketers and Nottinghamshire.

Jack Haynes scored his first century for the seconds with 131 off 97 balls with five sixes and 17 fours in the seven-wicket win over Notts at Kidderminster.

The 17-year-old had hit an 81-ball hundred.

George Rhodes (124) reached three figures off 93 balls with one six and 13 fours and shared in a match-winning stand of 230 in 31 overs for the second wicket.

Paceman Charlie Morris ripped out the Notts top order and finished with 5-45. Rhodes chipped in with 2-57.

The visitors were bowled out for 291 while Ross Whiteley (10 not out) and Alex Milton (11no) led Worcestershire over the line with 7.4 overs to spare.

A County development of excellence side lost by 70 runs to Cheshire under 14s in a 50-over match at Rode Park and Lawton.

Cheshire scored 227 with left-arm spinner Freddie Fallows returning 4-58 from 10 overs.

Harry Cook (2-31), Oliver Walker (1-31), Jack Arton (1-36) and Zak Abbas (1-10) also claimed wickets.

The County were restricted to 157-9 with Jack Home ending unbeaten on 41.