Friday, November 18th, 2016

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

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."