Thursday, April 1st, 2021


Worcestershire CCC will select from an unchanged squad when they complete their pre-season programme with a two-day fixture against Kent at Canterbury beginning tomorrow (Friday).

The 13 strong group will be the same as the one chosen for the three-day match with Somerset at Taunton earlier this week.

Worcestershire will field for the entire first day – regardless of how many wickets they take – and then will bat all day Saturday under the same criteria.

Head Coach Alex Gidman was delighted with the game’s performance and competitive edge at Taunton as part of the preparations for the opening County Championship match against Essex at Chelmsford starting on April 8.

He said: “The game had plenty of intensity? Absolutely. That’s what Joe (Leach) asked of the players to try and keep going through the gears.

“It’s been an excellent pre-season, and we needed that kind of hard match to, I guess, keep going through those gears, which is what we got so really, really pleased.

“We thought the players were outstanding. As we know, it’s not really about the results at this time of the year.

“It’s about the processes and the intensity the players play at in preparation for the season, and we are pleased with how they performed.”

Gidman added: “We are fielding tomorrow for the whole day on Friday and batting for the entire day on Saturday.

“Having spoken to Matt Walker (Kent Head Coach), what both teams haven’t had is a whole day in the field, and that’s the last box we need to tick, having 90 odd overs on our feet which we will have tomorrow.

“That’s perfect. It’s what both teams want, so we will stay out there regardless of how many wickets we take, whether it’s two or 12. We will keep going and bowl for 90 odd overs, which is exactly what we need to do.”


Daryl Mitchell
Jake Libby
Gareth Roderick
Tom Fell
Jack Haynes
Brett D’Oliveira
Riki Wessels
Ben Cox +
Ed Barnard
Joe Leach *
Charlie Morris
Adam Finch
Dillon Pennington