Monday, August 1st, 2016

Fell Targeting Quarter-Final Spot As Rapids Name Unchanged Squad

Fell Targeting Quarter-Final Spot As Rapids Name Unchanged Squad

Tom Fell spoke of his joy at completing his first hundred since getting the all clear in his cancer battle as Worcestershire Rapids kept alive their Royal London One-Day Cup quarter-final hopes.

Fell scored a brilliant 116 not out from 123 balls as the Rapids triumphed over Lancashire Lightning by four wickets at New Road yesterday, chasing down a 268 target with 14 balls to spare.

Now victory against Nottinghamshire at Trent Bridge in today's day-night encounter will put them in strong contention for a last eight place (2pm start).

Director of Cricket Steve Rhodes has named an unchanged squad for today's clash – the 11 in action yesterday plus pace duo Charlie Morris and Jack Shantry.

Fell said: "It felt really good. It was nice to get my first hundred since being back in the first team and it's a great win for us and gives us a really good shout of reaching the quarter-finals.

"With us not being in the T20 anymore, it's a chance for us to push for a white ball trophy.

"It is a huge game tomorrow against a good side like Notts. A good win there will hopefully give us a good chance of getting through to the quarters.

"I think we've played some good cricket in this competition. The first half, we won two out of three and had a couple of disappointing results after that.

"But it's nice to get another win and push for that quarter-final spot."

Fell was on 99 when a cut for four off spinner Stephen Parry took him to three figures off 104 balls with 14 boundaries. It was the cue for a standing ovation from the entire ground and his team-mates on the balcony while the Lancashire players also joined in the applause.

Fell said: "To be honest, at that time it was just about getting singles and ticking over. I knew I didn't have to do anything too spectacular to get over the mark.

"It was quite a nice situation for me really just to knock it about. "It is a stepping stone I guess. Any hundred is nice. I've had quite a lot of starts since I've been back and hopefully getting over the mark to a hundred will lead to a few more.

"I've had a bit of stick in the past from people saying I'm not fit enough to get a hundred in white ball cricket so I proved a few people wrong there!

"It actually felt pretty good. There weren't many twos and threes out there. It was more singles and I actually felt quite good and strong towards the end."

Fell added: "We spoke at half-time and thought 240-250 was about par because it was quite a slow, tacky wicket and obviously they've got some good spinners.

"To chase that down was a good effort from the lads and the way Ross (Whitely) and Coxy (Ben Cox) came in towards the end, really took the pressure off me.

"There was a bit of a difficult period, losing a couple of wickets, and they came in and got those boundaries and I could just knock it around and play my game."

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