Friday, August 16th, 2019



First Team Coach Alex Gidman hopes the never say die Vitality Blast win over Durham will be “a mini starting point” for Worcestershire in completing the season on a high in red and white ball cricket.

The Rapids showed typical resilience and fighting qualities after Durham reached 79-0 in the 12th over chasing a modest 118 target to win by three runs.

Victory lifted them back into second spot in the North Group with a three point cushion over fifth placed Durham in the battle to reach the quarter-finals.

But now a spell of criss-crossing from white ball to red ball cricket not encountered by other counties will continue when they visit Northamptonshire this Sunday for the start of a Specsavers County Championship encounter.

Worcestershire are looking to get back on the winning trail in the competition and keep alive their hopes of climbing back into the promotion picture during the remaining four matches.

Gidman said: “This year was never going to be straightforward, particularly with the scheduling we’ve had. It has been very, very tough.

“I think by this time next week we would have played three red ball games in the campaign since the Blast started whereas everyone, apart from Gloucestershire, would only have played one which makes it very hard.

“The lads have admittedly struggled to find a playing rhythm but you have seen that character and determination on Thursday (at Durham) which has got us to where we are.

“That is now 12 points with four games to play so they have given themselves a fantastic chance of pushing to that latter stages of the Blast.

“There is a lot of cricket to be played but that result is huge in the context of achieving what we want to achieve.”

Gidman added: “You want the guys to keep that T20 rhythm and, on the back of an enthralling win, it would be great to have another (Blast) game in a couple of days.

“But unfortunately that is not the case and we need to switch to Sunday and pay all our attention to trying to win that game at Northampton and give ourselves an outside chance of achieving what we want to achieve in the Championship.

“Again the season was never going to be easy in any format and I’m proud of the guys, particularly for Thursday tonight, and am hoping it will be little mini starting point to trying to end the season really well in all formats.”