Tuesday, July 30th, 2019



martin guptill says playing vitality blast cricket for worcestershire rapids is the best antidote for getting over icc world cup final disappointment with new zealand.

guptill was run out in the super over against england going for the run which would have brought trophy glory to the black caps at lord’s.

eoin morgan’s side won by virtue of the most boundaries scored in the final with guptill and his team-mates, who gave a splendid account of themselves throughout the tournament and in the final, having to settle for a second successive runners-up spot.

it left the opening batsman feeling drained at the end of the tournament but within four days guptill was back in action during his second spell with the rapids whom he helped to win the blast last summer.

he said: “after the world cup, i think just getting back and playing cricket in a different set-up around different people, to get back on the horse straight away (with worcestershire), was the best thing for me.

“it was an emotional few days and i was pretty drained by the end of it but to come here, after a few days off, and to get back into it was good.

“how hard has it been? i try not to think about it. everyone else keeps asking me about it (the world cup) and that’s the only time i think about it!

“i’m just trying to get on with it and to do my best for worcestershire.”

the rapids entertain guptill’s former county, derbyshire falcons, on wednesday at New Road, visit yorkshire on friday and host leicestershire foxes on sunday.

guptill scored a blistering 86 not out off 31 balls against durham on sunday.

he said: “i had starts in the first two games and did say to giddo (first team coach alex gidman) the other day that someone is going to cop it.

“fortunately against durham, i managed to get a few out of the middle of the bat and long may it continue.

“can one innings turn things around? yes it can and i had a week off from playing as well when the boys were playing the four-day game (against gloucestershire).

“i got some good training in and did some good striking of the ball and that has worked well.”