Sunday, May 22nd, 2016

Bumpy Looks For County To Bounce Back After “bad Day At The Office”

Bumpy Looks For County To Bounce Back After “bad Day At The Office”

Director of Cricket Steve Rhodes is looking for Worcestershire to bounce back after admitting day one of the Specsavers County Championship match with Leicestershire at the Fischer County Ground had been "a bad day at the office".

Leicestershire ended on 253-4 after being put into bat with the visitors not at their best with the ball or in terms of holding onto their catches with leading scorer Paul Horton (89) dropped twice.

But, with the second new ball due, Rhodes is hoping his attack "can do some real damage" tomorrow morning.

Rhodes told BBC Hereford-Worcester's Dave Bradley: "It's not been a great day to be honest. We tried hard but we probably didn't nail things as well as we would have wanted.

"That includes areas to bowl and a decent line and length as well as taking chances. In many ways it has not been a great day for us at the office.

"We held it together nicely in the middle session and got two or three wickets but, all in all, after inserting Leicestershire, we were disappointed at 250-4.

"Obviously we need a good hour or two in the morning now to do some real damage and get back into things.

"There were times when people individually bowled well but trying to string them together as a team, we didn't quite do that as a bowling group.

"Also the slip catching, which has always been one of our strongest suits……maybe sometimes you do have a bad day at the office.

"It is very difficult to go through the season excelling in that department all the time and today was a bad day for the slip area.

"There is no point in digging too deep about it. There are things we can improve upon tomorrow and as long as we show a big improvement tomorrow, that will be great."

On opting to put Leicestershire into bat, Rhodes said the topic had prompted "lots of thought."

He said: "It was a tough one. I myself was very 50-50 but I fully support Mitch in choosing that way. It wasn't just Mitch. There were other people who wanted to give it a go.

"When the team want to have a crack at it, that is a real encouraging thing for me.

"It was a wicket where you neded to bowl a good line and length and if you didn't, they scored runs.

"We certainly could have bowled them out in a day, definitely."