Sunday, August 4th, 2019


Worcestershire Rapids First Team Coach Alex Gidman is satisfied with his side’s overall performance and position in the North Group heading into the second half of the Vitality Blast.

The holders are lying in second spot with nine points from six completed games – the Birmingham Bears home fixture was a wash-out – and four victories under their belt.

They had put together a hat-trick of wins in the space of five days against Durham, Derbyshire Falcons and Yorkshire Vikings, playing some outstanding cricket in the process, before losing today at home to Leicestershire Foxes.

It was their first defeat on home soil of 2019 in the T20 competition – a testimony to the general consistency and quality of their performances.

Gidman said: “Am I pleased where we are at half-way stage of the tournament? Definitely. We have played some really good cricket.

“We knew, and still know, we are not going to win every game but we are in a good position to attack the second half of the competition.

“Our aim is to get through into the knockout stages and we are in a good position to give that a real good crack.”

On today’s performance, Gidman said: “In my own head, when setting out the week, I thought if we won two out of the three games we would be in a good position – which we’ve done.

“Nevertheless, that is a disappointing way to end the week. We didn’t do the basics as well as we have done so far in this competition and this week in particular.

“We didn’t quite get it right in either skill which happens in this competition.

“It’s about looking forward to next week now (against Northamptonshire), learning from the mistakes we made today and trying to put them right before next Sunday.

“We assessed the conditions equally well (as Leicestershire). We just didn’t execute our skills as well as they did and definitely credit to Leicestershire for playing better than us today. We just didn’t play our best game.”