Sunday, August 14th, 2016

Mason Says Aim Is To “bat As Long As We Can” After Worcs Launch Recovery

Mason Says Aim Is To “bat As Long As We Can” After Worcs Launch Recovery

Assistant coach Matt Mason says the initial aim will be for Worcestershire to "bat as long as we can" on day three of the Specsavers County Championship clash with Glamorgan after hauling themselves back into contention at New Road.

Joe Leach's fourth fifth wicket haul of the campaign helped bowl Glamorgan out for 280 – a first innings lead of 117.

Then Tom Fell and Joe Clarke featured in an unbroken third wicket stand of 95 as Worcestershire closed day two on 150-2.

It was in contrast to day one when 15 wickets fell although Mason believes that was down to careless batting from both sides rather than any demons in the pitch.

Mason said: "We are back in the game and it was a really good day in the end for us. With the ball we fought pretty hard although we gave them a bit more of a lead than we would have liked.

"When we had them seven down, we could have closed things out a little bit better but Mark Wallace coming in down the order like he does is a dangerous player, someone who opens the batting sometimes in Championship cricket.

"That was a little bit tough but we fought back really well with the bat there. Tom Fell and Joe Clarke showed on that wicket, if you really apply yourself, which a lot of batsman haven't done so far in this match, you can actually score runs.

"Tomorrow is a big, big day. If we can get a decent lead on that wicket, we can have a really good shot at this game."

Mason added: "I do think yesterday there was some disappointing cricket played by both sides so it was great to see some real good old fashioned attritional cricket and we saw it off. That's the most important thing.

"Hopefully now Tom and Joe can go and get really big scores and put us in a really strong position.

"I've been asked about the pitch by people who weren't here yesterday and I said to them it wasn't down to the wicket.

"There was some careless batting from both sides but we've talked about that, how we are going to apply ourselves better this time around and certainly the guys so far have done that.

"It still looks a pretty good surface. It doesn't look like it is turning much. I'd like to think we can bat at least the first two sessions tomorrow without losing too many more wickets and then we can assess from there because I'm not really sure at this stage what a good score could be.

"Again, firstly let's try and bat as long as we can, at least the first two sessions, and see where that leaves us."