Thursday, July 23rd, 2015

Clarke, Kervezee And Morris Added To Rapids Squad For North Group Climax

Clarke, Kervezee And Morris Added To Rapids Squad For North Group Climax

Worcestershire Rapids will have to make an enforced change for tomorrow evening's final North Group encounter in the NatWest T20 Blast against Lancashire Lightning at New Road.

Rapids overseas player Colin Munro has returned home to NewZeland to prepare for his country's ODI and T20 series in South Africa next month.

Director of Cricket Steve Rhodes has named a 13 man squad – the 10 players on duty against Derbyshire Falcons last Friday plus Alexei Kervezee, Joe Clarke and Charlie Morris.

Clarke impressed this week when scoring a career best 88 in the LV = County Championship clash with Yorkshire at Scarborough.

The Rapids are assured of a top two finish and a home quarter-final tie and a massive six by Ben Cox off the penultimate ball from James Faulkner sealed victory over the Lightning at Emirates Old Trafford.

But Rhodes has massive respect for the Red Rose county who can still qualify themselves for the quarter-finals.

He said: "Lancashire will be a tough proposition. They've got a guy in James Faulkner who was man of the match in the World Cup final and he is a tremendous cricketer.

"It will be a real pleasure and a challenge to play against him again. We respect him but there are some other good cricketers there.

"They are well drilled and not easy to beat but we will be looking to maintain the confidence going forward into a quarter-final.

"The way some of our games recently have gone, including Headingley when Ross Whiteley absolutely smashed the ball everywhere, I am sure there will be a lot of Worcestershire fans desperate to get down to New Road and I'm sure tickets will be hard to come by."

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