Friday, November 18th, 2016

Daryl Sets Sights On Producing Goods And Playing For Many Years To Come

Daryl Mitchell turns 33 next week but the long-serving Worcestershire opener wants to play for many more years and believes he still has plenty to offer with the bat.

Mitchell enjoyed a successful second half to the 2016 campaign and finished as the County's second highest run-scorer in first class cricket behind Joe Clarke.

He again passed 1,000 first class runs in his benefit year and scored two centuries in a match for the third time in the record-breaking win over Northamptonshire when Worcestershire chased down a 401 target.

Mitchell said: "I love playing the game. It's all I've known really in my adult life, is playing cricket, and it's something I really enjoy.

"I suppose you get to my stage of life and you have to have a slight eye on the future in terms of coaching badges and things like that. You need to be prepared for when you are going to finish.

"But, as far as I am concerned, I want to play as long as I possibly can.

"I am still right up there in all the fitness testing and things like that so there are no problems there.

"As long as I keep scoring my runs, which I'm sure I will do, I want to keep playing as long as I can."

Mitchell is confident there are more good years ahead of him and joked: "If you offered me a contract until I was 50 now, I'd sign it!

"I definitely feel as if I've got a lot to offer and I'm sure I'm going to score plenty more hundreds across the formats."