Friday, September 22nd, 2023


Club Captain Brett D’Oliveira says the focus will be on Worcestershire picking up as many bonus points as possible with the ball to strengthen their promotion claims on the final day of the LV=Insurance County Championship match with champions Durham at New Road.

D’Oliveira produced a fine knock to top score with 63 and felt a total of 313 all out was above par after Worcestershire had been put into bat.

With one day remaining of the current round of fixtures, Worcestershire will be looking to add to the points they acquired for batting.

D’Oliveira, said: “A lot of time has gone out of the game and it was important we batted well after being stuck in, and we’ve done that.

“I think a par score on that wicket was about 280 so we’re pretty chuffed with that score, to be honest.

“I think it is a really good cricket wicket. When you’ve missed (the length), you’ve got the opportunity to score and there is some nice pace in the wicket.

“But also, if you stack away in the right areas, there is enough in the wicket to get wickets as well.”

Worcestershire went into the fixture holding a 21 point lead over third placed Leicestershire.

D’Oliveira said: “The chat before the week got underway was I still wanted the mindset of going in to try and win the game of cricket.

“I think if you go in just trying not to lose the game, you are always fighting.

“Unfortunately, there has been a lot of rain around and it is unlikely we are going to get a result, so we are going to scrap away and try and get as many points as we can.

“We’ve got to get our heads down tomorrow and attack away and try and get those wickets.

“We’ve got 96 overs to try and get nine-ten wickets and that’s absolutely our goal. The boys are fully aware of that and will be raring to go today.

“A half ten start in September, especially at New Road this year, it has always done something, and I think we saw that tonight with the new ball.

“There is enough in that wicket, a lot of play and misses, and the message is the same as all year, stack away and we will get our rewards.”

D’Oliveira has sympathy for batter Adam Hose who suffered a wrist injury after being struck by a delivery from Paul Coughlin and will play no further part in the game.

He said: “Unfortunately Adam copped a delivery on the wrist and the x-ray showed it is actually broke, and we are waiting to hear how long that time scale is.

“Really unfortunate for him. He has battled all away all year and to cop that on the wrist is a big gutting for us all.”