Thursday, May 4th, 2017

Bumpy: Vikings Will Be Out To Put Right Last Season’s Setback

Bumpy: Vikings Will Be Out To Put Right Last Season’s Setback

Steve Rhodes expects to face a Yorkshire Vikings side determined to try and "correct" last season's mauling by Worcestershire Rapids when the two sides meet in the Royal London One-Day Cup at New Road tomorrow.

The Rapids bowled out their opponents at Headingley for 170 in the televised clash and then raced to a seven wicket win with nearly 25 overs to spare after Joe Leach, promoted to open the batting, smashed 63 off 35 balls.

The two sides are the early pace-setters in this season's North Group with Yorkshire on six points and the Rapids five after three matches.

Rhodes said: "They will be desperate to correct, or what they will see as correcting, a result at Headingley last year when we beat them.

"They are a powerful and four-day and one-day side and we know we've got to be at our best to try and beat them.

"We did a great job on them up at Headingley when we fielded and bowled well a unit which meant the target was small.

"We went about it with a slightly different batting order and Joe Leach did a great job in knocking most of the runs off the small target we required.

"We expect a very difficult contest and we respect them as a team and as a group of players."

Yorkshireman Rhodes admits he always relishes battles with the County he left more than three decades ago to link up with Worcestershire.

He said: "We would love taking on Yorkshire. As a Yorkshireman myself, when I used to play against them, I used to love it.

"I used to wind up the crowd at Headingley and whenever else we played up there.

"It is a wonderful cricketing county and as they've shown in some of the Championship victories over recent years, they are a very strong outfit and squad.

"We will certainly treat them with respect but, just like any opposition, we will go in there and try and get those two points."