A further injury setback to Matt Mason overshadowed the final day of Worcestershire's match against Loughborough UCCE.

Mason was forced off the field with a groin strain in his fourth over, though the club have insisted that the injury is not serious.

Bearing in mind Mason's injury record of late, however, the incident is bound to increase fears of his long-term future. The 34-year-old hardly played last season due to a shoulder injury and has sustained side and groin strains as he attempts to return this year.

Without Mason, Worcestershire were forced to settle for a draw against the students. After declaring early on the final day and setting Loughborough an unlikely 360 to win, things looked promising for the hosts when the students slipped to 82 for three.

However Paul Borrington, a 19-year-old right-handed opener, recorded his maiden century to thwart a Worcestershire attack that looked reliant on Gareth Batty for the breakthrough. Borrington (207 balls, 16 fours) remained unbeaten with his side five wickets down and 121 from victory.

Off-spinner Batty took four second-innings wickets to add to his five from the first to finish with nine for 92 in the match. n Herefordshire make two changes to the team that lost to Berkshire at Henley-on-Thames two weeks ago as they prepare to face Cornwall at Colwal tomorrow.

Moseley's former Oxford University batsman, Huw Jones, comes in for Ashley Nahorniak and Himley's former Worcestershire bowler, Stuart Wedge, replaces Luke Sellers.