Saturday, September 13th, 2014

Chief Executive: Aim Is For County Is To Stay In First Division

Chief Executive: Aim Is For County Is To Stay In First Division

Chief Executive David Leatherdale believes Worcestershire are now in a "stronger position" to deal with the challenge of trying to stay in the LV = County Championship Division One after gaining promotion yesterday.

The county secured their fifth promotion in 12 years but have yo-yoed between the two divisions and only once stayed up for more than one season – in 2011 before being relegated the following summer.

But Leatherdale feels Worcestershire are now better equipped for the demanding battles ahead in 2015.

He said: "We've been up and down, a yo-yo team for the last four or five years, and we've possibly not been in a stronger position than now to try and stay up there.

"Financially it's been tough the last four or five years and everyone said last time we went up it was one or two years too soon.

"Well hopefully now, with what we've done at the ground and where we are, we are certainly in a better position."

Leatherdale added: "The signing of Alex Gidman a couple of days ago shows the intent that we want to go up there and stay up there.

"We will obviously lose Moeen Ali to England. He may play one or two games and if he does, they will be a bonus.

"But the proof has been in the pudding this year.

"Whilst Saeed Ajmal got good wickets at the start of the season, we also had Jack Shantry and Charlie Morris with 50 wickets plus, Daryl Mitchell with 1300 runs and people like Joe Leach with 30 odd wickets and 500 plus runs.

"We've fought really hard and, whilst it will be tough in the First Division, the aim is to go up and stay up this time."