Monday, May 18th, 2015

Rapids Wait To See If Munro Available For T20 Blast Opener

Rapids Wait To See If Munro Available For T20 Blast Opener

Worcestershire Rapids face a further wait to see if Colin Munro will be available for their opening NatWest T20 Blast match against Birmingham Bears at Edgbaston on Friday.

Munro is currently part of the Mumbai Indians squad competing in the Indian Premier League although he has yet to play a game in the tournament.

Mumbai are now through to the knockout stages after their winner takes all victory yesterday over Hyderabad Sunrisers.

They eventually finished second in the eight-team table behind Chennai Super Kings who they will now meet in the first qualifier in Mumbai tomorrow (Tuesday).

Worcestershire Director of Cricket Steve Rhodes said: "Colin is out there in India but he is not playing much which is a bit of a shame for us.

"But he is with the Mumbai Indians who won their game yesterday and qualified.

"We don't know whether he will be here or not at the moment (for Friday). That's all I can really say."

Munro's last innings in any form of cricket was his 281 for Auckland against Central Districts on March 24 when he hit a world record 23 sixes in an innings in first class cricket.

He was the Rapids second highest scorer in the T20 Blast last season.

Meanwhile Worcestershire will step up their preparations this week for the clash with the Bears.

Some of their squad will feature in two Second Eleven T20 matches against the Unicorns at Knypersley tomorrow (Tuesday) and the full first team will be in action against Shropshire in a T20 match at Bridgnorth on Wednesday.

Rhodes said: "We'll have a real good work-out this morning (Monday) practice-wise, T-20 cricket. There is second team T20 cricket on Tuesday and then we've got a first team friendly at Shropshire on Wednesday.

"We played last year against Shropshire and it is perfect for us. It is a good opportunity to hone our T20 skills and get ourselves right for Friday night."