Saturday, April 27th, 2019


alex gidman says worcestershire rapids have demonstrated different kinds of qualities in their opening quartet of royal london one-day cup matches as they prepare for tomorrow’s derby with warwickshire at New Road (11am).

the rapids have reached the half-way stage in their qualification programme lying in second spot in the north group with three wins in four games.

after a superb win over lancashire lightning, the rapids were not at their best versus leicestershire foxes but dug in to win a rain-affected game with durham before fighting back after a difficult start to defeat northamptonshire steelbacks yesterday.

gidman said: “there were areas we didn’t quite perform as well as we can do (at northampton) but we will be striving to do that on sunday.

“we’ve gone from playing a perfect game against lancashire, to not playing as well as we could do at leicester and then playing a good game at home in tough conditions (against durham) and then scrapping for a win at northampton.

“we are showing lots of different skill sets that we need. you are not going to play eight perfect games to qualify.

“the most important thing is winning which we’ve managed to do.”

as regards tomorrow’s derby, gidman said: “the lads are looking forward to it. it feels weird that we’ve only had one game at home and we are so far into the season.

“the lads have missed playing at home and they are looking forward to the fixture because a) it’s the local derby and b) to just playing at home again.

“we know our conditions. it’s been a tough couple of weeks but we are looking forward to having a couple of games at home, starting with the bears on sunday.”