Friday, June 20th, 2014

Bumpy “astounded” By “dismantling” Of Bears As Rapids March On In Style

Bumpy “astounded” By “dismantling” Of Bears As Rapids March On In Style

Director of Cricket Steve Rhodes admitted he was "astounded" by the way Worcestershire Rapids "dismantled" Birmingham Bears to win the NatWest T20 Blast derby at New Road by eight wickets.

The Rapids came out on top by the crushing margin of eight wickets with 33 balls to spare after racing to their 134 target.

It was their sixth successive win in the competition and kept the Rapids at the top of the North Group.

Rhodes said:"I was a bit worried about this game because we had such a good run of wins and I knew this was the last one before we could have a bit of a break.

"The lads have put in so much effort into the victories that you are always thinking is it possibly one too many, such a crucial game, tough opposition, a local derby.

"For us to go and dismantle them in the manner that we did just astounded me really how we have done that and it's testament to a lot of things and the confidence the guys have got.

"I was totally delighted the way we bowled and fielded and I thought Daryl (Mitchell) captained really well and Ross Whiteley's fielding was incredible as was Alexei Kervezee's last week.

"They weren't getting those twos and the chances were being taken so I was really delighted with the bowling and fielding."

Rhodes admitted: "We had a quick pow wow with the whole team in between the innings about how we were going to play and the plans we came up with worked a treat.

"To their credit, all I did was facilitate the conversation and they came up with some terrific plans. Part of the plan was to attack the first six overs while the ball was at its hardest.

"We knew what they'd bowl, which would be cutters and slower balls and hard into the wicket. We talked about how we were going to play that and their spinners.

"They threw a curve ball in there with a few spinners early on which surprised us a bit. But to attack was the plan and the lads carried it off beautifully.

"It meant we got so far ahead of the rate that the plan of putting three men back and bowling hard into the length and short….well we only needed singles then so it wasn't too much of a drama.

"The way Colin Munro played was an exceptional innings of how to deal with spinners.

"Daryl Mitchell again was so solid in his role of getting through the innings. He has scored a lot of runs in all formats of cricket and what a fantastic player he is."