Thursday, May 21st, 2015

Mitchell Would “love To Go Extra Step” As Rapids Gear Up For Derby Opener

Mitchell Would “love To Go Extra Step” As Rapids Gear Up For Derby Opener

Worcestershire Rapids skipper Daryl Mitchell admits he and his team-mates "would love to go that extra step" and reach NatWest T20 Blast finals day for the first time.

The Rapids launch their group campaign tomorrow evening when they take on Birmingham Bears at Edgbaston (6.30pm start).

Worcestershire have reached four quarter-finals in the competition – including two in the last three years – and Mitchell would relish the chance to return to Edgbaston for finals day on August 29.

He said: "Finals day is the one thing missing from my CV. It's not as if we are not trying to get there.

"We have worked hard and we have come close, three quarter-finals in recent memory and four in total I think.

"We are looking to get out of the group first and foremost, get to that quarter-final and if we got a home quarter-final that woud be nice.

"We've never had one and if we can finish in the top two that would give us a shot of that and hopefully get through to the big one at Edgbaston."

Mitchell was the Rapids leading run-scorer last summer in addition to the LV = County Championship.

He said: "There is some real fire-power in our side. Ideally the likes of myself and Giddo can bat the other end and give these guys licence.

"We've got guys who can take any bowling attack apart. If we can get that right formula, that right momentum, I'm sure we will be a force to be reckoned with again."