Thursday, August 5th, 2021


Alan Richardson has praised the form of Worcestershire Rapids paceman Adam Finch since earning a first-team recall.

Finch was the pick of the Rapids pace bowlers in the Royal London Cup setback against Hampshire at the Ageas Bowl.

The England Under-19 player bowled with pace and aggression and was unfortunate to have only one wicket for his efforts.

Assistant Coach Richardson said: “He was given a different surface to bowl on than he has had at other grounds, and he bowled aggressively, and he bowled well and put them under pressure which was fantastic.

“One, he has the ability to do that and two, he recognised what he needed to do against Hampshire, and he did it really well.

“Our boys talked about it in the dressing room, that it was very uncomfortable to watch, and they were quite happy that they were the ones not facing it!”

Finch had to wait until the final LV Insurance County Championship match against Warwickshire at New Road last month to make his first appearance of the season.

But he has been an ever-present in the Royal London Cup campaign, which continues with Friday’s home match against Sussex Sharks.

Richardson said: “He has bowled well since he has come into the side. I don’t think it’s a bad thing that he has probably had to wait a little while.

“We’ve got a good mix. You’ve obviously got Joe Leach, Charlie Morris and Ed Barnard, who are more experienced players and give us different kind of balances to the side.

“Then you’ve got the young guys, Adam, Josh Tongue and Dillon Pennington, and we also had Alzarri Joseph at the start of the season, so it was tough for Adam to get in.

“We’ve had some good performances with the ball beforehand, so he’s had to wait his turn.

“He put in some pretty good performances in the Seconds to give himself a chance, and we know he is starting off in his career.

“He is still learning a lot, he is still young, he has managed to play quite a few games of cricket already.

“You hope that with every game he plays, on lots of different surfaces against lots of different players, in different circumstances, he will keep learning, and today was impressive.

“He has bo,wled really well and he should take great heart from that.”

In terms of the Rapids performance at the Ageas Bowl, Richardson said: “Disappointing. It’s the first game we haven’t competed in.

“But we know that there when you play an eight game block, there is always of a couple of games where it doesn’t go your way, and you don’t really give yourselves a chance to win.

“That has happened on this occasion, which is disappointing, but it has taken a very good spell of bowling from an international class bowler in Kyle Abbott.

“We were obviously a little bit short with the bat, which gave them an opportunity to bat at their own tempo and play pretty risk-free cricket throughout.”