ADAM Finch is the latest in a lengthy line of young Worcestershire fast bowlers who instantly looked at home in the first-team arena at County level.

The England under 19 paceman made his debut in the home Specsavers County Championship clash with Lancashire although the rain which led to the flooding of Blackfinch New Road meant he was restricted to 5.2 overs.

But there were no such drawbacks in the drawn game with Sussex at Kidderminster in Division Two and Finch was entrusted with the new ball, causing plenty of problems.

He bowled an excellent line of length, collected his first senior scalp in Sussex opener Will Beer and troubled all the batsman.

Understandably the 19-year-old tired in the second innings when injuries to Wayne Parnell and club captain Joe Leach meant a heavier workload for the remaining bowlers.

But the potential was there for all to see as Finch followed the likes of Josh Tongue (2017) and Dillon Pennington (2018) in part of a conveyor belt graduating from the academy.

First team coach Alex Gidman said: “When you get young players in we’ve all got to have realistic expectation levels and I thought Adam exceeded those in the first innings.

“He was brilliant and just looked part of it, as if he had played a handful of games, not just half a game (against Lancashire).

“You expect dips in form and rhythm and stuff even throughout a game and we saw that.

“The fatigue set in and he obviously had a bit more of a workload with Wayne injured than what we would have liked.

“But that’s the professional game. He knows that. He is a quick learner and did really well and showed a huge amount of promise.”

Gidman’s sentiments were echoed by Leach.

He said: “Adam has come into the side and done really well. It’s testament to that group of young seamers who keep pushing each other and who seem to keep taking to the stage kind of seamlessly.

“They are a highly-talented group and Adam was very impressive. He bowled with good pace and control and looked very threatening.

“I’m sure he will be very happy with his performance. He’s obviously got a long way to go to recreate that consistency and do it week in and week out but it has been really good signs for the start of his career.”