Tuesday, May 9th, 2017

Moeen Named In 12 Man Squad As Unbeaten Rapids Look To Extend Run

Moeen Ali has been named in a 12 strong Worcestershire Rapids squad for tomorrow's Royal London One-Day Cup clash with Lancashire Lightning at Emirates Old Trafford.

The England all-rounder did not feature in either of the ODI's against Ireland at Bristol and Lord's after being pulled out of the Rapids One-Day Cup encounter with Northamptonshire Steelbacks at Wantage Road.

But he has been made available for the unbeaten Rapids next three matches against Lightning, Warwickshire and Durham Jets ahead of the ODI series versus South Africa.

Director Of Cricket Steve Rhodes said: "We've got three big games and it is a pleasure to get Moeen Ali back in our side and we are looking forward to those big challenges ahead of us.

"With Lancashire, we've had some good battles up there over the years. The wicket is a little bit quicker up there, so we've got to be ready for that.

"But hopefully we can produce the brand of cricket we have been playing."

In-form opener Daryl Mitchell, who has scored 75 and 69 in his last two One-Day Cup knocks, said: "We are looking forward to another big week.

"If we can win those next two games (against Lancashire and Warwickshire) then we will go a long way towards getting through the the knockout stages of this competition.

"I think we've got to target winning the group now. A home tie would be fantastic. With the structure of the competition this year, it would be a big advantage to win the group.

"That's got to your target, to try and win every game, and if you do that obviously you will top the group."

Batsman Tom Fell is not included of the side which defeated Yorkshire Vikings at New Road on Friday.

He will play for the Second Eleven in the Championship match with MCC Young Cricketers at Barnt Green starting tomorrow.

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