Thursday, April 18th, 2019


Daryl Mitchell felt Worcestershire Rapids produced the “perfect performance” when overcoming Lancashire Lightning by 125 runs in their opening Royal London One-Day Cup clash at Emirates Old Trafford.

Mitchell and Hamish Rutherford scored centuries after Riki Wessels explosive early blast of 72 in the Rapids total of 367 and then consistent fine bowling enabled them to bowl out the home side for 242.

Mitchell told BBC Hereford-Worcester’s Dave Bradley: “We just had a chat in the dressing room and we did exactly what we set out to do really with bat, ball and in the field.

“When you win the toss, you want to put a big score on the board.

“Riki (Wessels) got us off to a flier which meant we got momentum early on and myself and Hamish (Rutherford) managed to carry that on and 360 odd was more than competitive.

“Then I thought we set the tone beautifully with the ball and Tonguey (Josh Tongue) in particular was exceptional upfront and we carried that on throughout the innings.

“A lot of the damage was done upfront. To keep them in the powerplay to 40 odd runs was an exceptional effort when chasing a big score like that and you try and build pressure by bowling dot balls.

“We kept putting the pressure on as the scoring rate increased and kept chipping away with wickets as well. A perfect performance really.”