Tuesday, May 31st, 2022


Head Coach Alex Gidman believes Worcestershire Rapids fortunes in the Vitality Blast will change “if we keep trusting in the way the lads are playing and not try to reinvent the wheel.”

Gidman has been pleased with the general performance by the Rapids in the opening three games against Yorkshire Vikings, Notts Outlaws and Lancashire Lightning despite results not quite going their way.

They will play their fourth successive away game in a challenging start to the T20 campaign against Durham at the Seat Unique Riverside tomorrow evening (6.30pm start).

It is an unchanged squad with the 11 players in action at Emirates Old Trafford on Sunday, plus Dillon Pennington and Gareth Roderick.

Gidman said: “We have genuinely performed well. Obviously, we know we could perform slightly better in certain areas, but that’s the same for every team in every match.

“We’ve been pleased with how we’ve performed and, on a different day with a little bit of luck and a few things going our way, those results are slightly different.

“Most importantly, if we keep trusting in the way the lads are playing and not try to reinvent the wheel, then I’m sure the results will start to take care of themselves sooner rather than later.”

Gidman praised the contribution made already by New Zealand star Colin Munro, on and off the pitch since linking up with the Rapids last Thursday.

He said: “Colin has been awesome. Two games and nearly helped to get us over the line in terms of two massive contributions, which is what you are after from your overseas player.

“As I’ve said about other overseas players, it’s also about the input they have on the group, and he’s been amazing in the dressing room already.

“He knows a few of the lads from his time with us before, but he’s settled in very quickly, had some really good chats with the players already and has played extremely well.

“A really nice start for him, and he’s had a huge impact.”

Gidman says Munro’s Experience is also a crucial factor for the Rapids.

He said: “Experience is one thing we simply don’t have much of because of where the group is at, which is really exciting, to think we are playing as well as we are without the levels of Experience.

“I think every team we have played against so far has had at least double the amount of T20 cricket in their team compared to ours.

“That is part of the journey, part of the learning is to try and soak it up as much as possible and to keep trying to improve game on game.

“To have the experience Colin offers in the group has certainly helped and will continue to help for the rest of the campaign.”

Worcestershire Rapids (from):

Ed Pollock
Brett D’Oliveira
Jack Haynes
Colin Munro
Jake Libby
Ben Cox (c and w)
Ed Barnard
Matthew Waite
Josh Baker
Pat Brown
Charlie Morris
Dillon Pennington
Gareth Roderick