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Ton-up Fell lifts County
8:34pm Sunday 29th June 2014 in Sport
TOM Fell continued his fine form with a second successive century to spearhead a Worcestershire recovery on the opening day of the LV = County Championship match with Glamorgan at New Road.
Fell followed up his maiden Championship hundred against Leicestershire at Grace Road by hitting a career-best 133 as Worcestershire recovered from 39-3 to reach 266-5 off 96 overs.
With Tom Kohler-Cadmore also hitting a second successive half-century, the efforts of the duo were a fitting legacy to academy director Damian D’Oliveira, who passed away earlier in the day after a long battle against cancer.
Fell and Kohler-Cadmore came together at 93-4 and added 168 in 52 overs. The partnership was finally broken with four overs remaining of the day when Fell was bowled by Michael Hogan for 133 made off 246 balls with 20 fours.
Kohler-Cadmore finished unbeaten on 60 with nightwatchman Jack Shantry on five not out.
Worcestershire skipper Daryl Mitchell elected to bat after winning the toss and the home side gave a championship debut to opener Richard Oliver after his 292 not out for the second XI last week against Warwickshire.
Oliver, who survived a difficult chance at square leg off Hogan, made 13 before he drove at the same bowler and was caught in the gully by Dean Cosker.
Moeen Ali was given a standing ovation on his way to the wicket after his superb 100 for England in the second Test against Sri Lanka at Headingley.
But after making 10 he top-edged an attempted pull against Rory Smith and Chris Cooke held onto the catch running back to square-leg.
It became 39-3 two balls later when the in-form Mitchell (15) cut Smith to Cosker to gully.
Fell and Alexei Kervezee slowly but surely started to mount a recovery as Worcestershire reached 56-3 off 30 overs at lunch.
The scoring rate increased in the afternoon session with Fell cutting and straight driving Smith for two boundaries in an over.
Kervezee twice straight drove Hogan for four and then Fell twice cut Smith to the ropes.
Kervezee (21) was caught behind by Glamorgan skipper Mark Wallace off Hogan with the total on 93.
But Fell was then given good support by Kohler-Cadmore in the major stand of the day.