Thursday, May 28th, 2015

Munro Hoping To Enjoy More Success During Second Spell With Rapids

Munro Hoping To Enjoy More Success During Second Spell With Rapids

Colin Munro is relishing his second spell with Worcestershire Rapids – and hoping he can help them to emulate or even surpass last season's success in the NatWest T20 Blast.

Munro has linked up with the Rapids in time for tomorrow's opening home fixture in the 2015 competition against Leicestershire Foxes, starting at 5.30pm.

The 28-year-old has flown in from the Indian Premier League where he was part of the victorious Mumbai Indians squad.

The New Zealand all-rounder played a major role as second highest run-scorer behind Daryl Mitchell in the Rapids run to the quarter-finals last summer.

Munro said: I'm very pleased to be back. Last year was my first year over here and I had a really good time.

"They are a good bunch of lads. I've only been back a day and it feels like I've been here all summer.

"It is a great enviroment. The guys are all young, a young team, all guys willing to learn and asking questions.

"I just came over as a cricketer and if I can pass on some of my knowledge to those boys and get along well with them, then it makes things a lot easier too."

Munro added: "I'm coming into an enviroment where they set high standards and for us to try and be better than last year and keep raising that bar.

"Hopefully we can equal or better it (the quarter-finals). But it's the old cliche. We just take one game at a time and try and put ourselves into a position where we can get into that quarter-final.

"We haven't got off to the greatest start in the competition but the biggest thing is we need to turn that around as quickly as possible and get that first win.

"In T20 cricket it's just about momentum and if you can get that momentum going, you can get that six wins on the trot like we had last year.

"If we can get seven or eight wins out of the competition, it will probably put us in a good position to reach those play-offs."

Munro was part of the Mumbai Indians squad which won the Indian Premier League on Sunday against Chennai Super Kings in Kolkatta.

But he play his first innings against the Foxes since his career best 281 for Auckland against Central Districts on March 24 when he hit a world record 23 sixes for a first class knock.

He said: "My last innings was the 281. It is going to be pretty interesting Friday night to see how I go. I could go out there and get nothing or go out there and score some runs.

"Hopefully it is the latter. I've just got to give myself some time, get in there and face a couple of balls, get the pace of the wicket and try and keep things as simple as I can and hopefully I can score some runs."

*Colin will be talking about his record innings, his IPL experiences, his successful winter in New Zealand and his international aspirations on the Worcestershire CCC website and in the club's County 365 Magazine.