Tuesday, August 5th, 2014

County Looking To Bounce Back From T20 Blast On Two Fronts

Worcestershire will be striving to bounce back from their NatWest T20 Blast exit this week with Director of Cricket Steve Rhodes insisting: "We are desperate to do as well as we can in all competitions."

The county were edged out by three wickets by Surrey in the quarter-finals at the Kia Oval on Saturday with Jason Roy's explosive half century the only major difference between the teams.

Now Rhodes is looking for Worcestershire to reach another quarter-final via the Royal London One-Day Cup.

They resume their group programme this week with an away clash with Yorkshire Vikings on Thursday and a home encounter with Lancashire Lightning on Saturday.

Then on Friday week, table-topping Worcestershire resume their LV = County Championship programme with a home meeting with Gloucestershire.

Rhodes said: "We don't really go out there and target one competition. We've gone hard in the T20 and only just missed out in the quarter-final.

"But now that one has gone, we will be trying really hard to qualify in the 50 over competition.

"Similarly when we do get back to four-day cricket, which is a while away, we will be giving our best shot to try and get promoted.

"The lads are hurting (about Saturday) but sport is about winning-losing. Roy's innings was the difference."