Thursday, May 23rd, 2019


Worcestershire First Team Coach Alex Gidman has given his reaction to the third and final day of the Specsavers County Championship encounter with Lancashire at Emirates Old Trafford.

The County twice fought back from challenging positions in determined fashion before going down by six wickets when they were deprived of the services of injured paceman Wayne Parnell (hamstring).

Gidman told BBC Hereford-Worcester’s Frank Watson: “It was a really well fought game from both teams with some excellent skill on show from both teams and the lads are really disappointed and frustrated that we’ve come out second best.

“It was brilliant bowling on the first morning by Jimmy Anderson, one of the best in the world, and Graham Onions has been right up there not too long ago as well.

“In terms of international standard and county standard, it was right up there and a great experience for us as a group to come up against that.

“They put us under a lot of pressure but I also felt we showed a huge amount of character and skill as well to recover.

“We never got ourselves in a position where we were ahead in the game but to get back into and stay in the game and ultimately have a small chance of winning it was an outstanding effort.

“It was always going to be hard to get ahead after being 38-7 but we did so well to get that close and the lads just feel frustrated they didn’t quite make one of those times pay in terms of getting us ahead.

“We have touched on the tempo we played at in the second innings because they bowled equally well in the second innings.

“We just managed to have a bit more luck and a method that got us through the spell from Jimmy and Onions. George (Rhodes) and Tom Fell played very well to get us through that period.”