Tuesday, June 17th, 2014

Mason: Championship Clash With Leicestershire “evenly Poised” At Half-Way Stage

Mason: Championship Clash With Leicestershire “evenly Poised” At Half-Way Stage

Assistant coach Matt Mason believes Worcestershire's LV = County Championship game with Leicestershire at Grace Road is "evenly poised" at the half-way stage.

Worcestershire resumed their second innings this morning on 78-1 – a lead of 35 – after bowling out the home side for 278 on the second day.

Charlie Morris returned career best figures of 4-76 to take his Championship wicket tally to 25 in his first full season of professional cricket.

Mason told BBC Hereford-Worcester's Dave Bradley: "I would say it was evenly poised. I think both teams can be happy with their work on the second day.

"It was a really tough day. I thought it would be. I thought the way the guys started with that early wicket (Greg Smith), we might have a chance of knocking them over fairly quickly.

"But then they had a couple of good partnerships, that can happen, and we toiled well. There was a little bit of frustration with their last wcket stand, a bit like we did in the first innings, but we were fairly pleased with the day's work."

Mason admitted the county went back to basics after Leicestershire had appeared in a strong position at 162-3 and Morris executed perfectly a plan to dismiss Ramnaresh Sarwan for 46.

He said: "We went back to the basics and also spoke about a couple of plans we thought we could implement.

"Charlie executed it perfectly with that short ball (to Sarwan). We set a trap for him there. Before the break he had rushed him a bit with a bouncer and that was fantastic bowling.

"But the guys stuck to their plans like they have done all year and got the rewards. I would have liked to have finished the tail off a little bit quicker.

"But the way the guys batted, particularly Tom Fell and Daryl Mitchell, to get us back in front was a great effort.

"There is all to play for on the third day. That is going to be the biggest day of this game and we will hope to get ourselves into a strong position, a big lead, and then toil away on the last day and get the win with a bit of luck.

"There is more bounce than I've seen here for a long time, there is more grass on the surface hence the reason they put us in."

Morris continues to impress Mason, who is also the county's bowling coach, with the way he has adapted to regular Championship cricket.

He said: "The great thing about Charlie is he's got that delivery in him to rush a few people.

"When he really focuses his mind on doing something, he does it and the way he bowled at the tail, plenty of aggression, is just what we needed, and around that he bowls his line and length.

"It is a very simple game for Charlie and it has been effective."