Friday, August 14th, 2020

COUNTY NAME 13 STRONG SQUAD FOR TRIP TO NORTHAMPTON

Worcestershire CCC have named a 13 strong squad as they look to continue their fine start to the campaign in the Bob Willis Trophy encounter against Northamptonshire starting tomorrow.

The County will select from the 11 who came close to securing victory over Glamorgan at Blackfinch New Road this week plus paceman Josh Tongue and batsman Josh Dell.

Tongue played in the opening eight wicket win over Gloucestershire at Bristol when he picked up six wickets before Dillon Pennington came into the side versus Glamorgan in the only change.

Head Coach Alex Gidman has been pleased with the eight days of cricket produced by the squad so far as they strive to play a consistent brand of top rate cricket.

He said: “I’m really pleased. It is nice to see the hard work that everyone has put in over the winter and the pre-season, come out in a couple of performances.

“We are aware it is only two performances, but the boys are playing some fantastic cricket and it has been good to watch.

“One thing we are striving for is as much consistency as possible. We know there are going to be bumps in the road, but we are enjoying it and it’s another opportunity to go and perform as well as we can down at Northampton.

“Every team is striving for consistency. It is not easy. It is a very tough mental and physical sport but, as long as the guys apply themselves as best as they can and put in as much effort as they have done, I’m sure we will be on the right end of games more often than not.

“They are really enjoying their cricket, working extremely hard, preparing really well and if they continue, they are giving themselves the best chance possible. If things don’t go their way, it’s not through lack of effort.”

Worcestershire are currently lying second in the six team table, just three points behind leaders Somerset after collecting 37 points from the opening two games.

Worcestershire CCC from:

Mitchell

Libby

Fell

Haynes

D’Oliveira

Wessels

Cox (w)

Barnard

Leach ©

Pennington

Morris

Tongue

Dell