Monday, May 29th, 2017

Rhodes: Important To Celebrate And “keep Putting In The Hard Graft”

Rhodes: Important To Celebrate And “keep Putting In The Hard Graft”

Steve Rhodes says it is important for Worcestershire's players to celebrate their current success – but also to "keep putting in the hard graft" to boost their chances of further triumphs.

Worcestershire completed a resounding eight wicket win over Northamptonshire inside three days at Wantage Road.

It was their fourth successive win in the Specsavers County Championship – the first time they have put together such a sequence at the start of a campaign since the title win in 1964.

Director Of Cricket Rhodes said: "We are trying desperately to make sure we enjoy our successes but similarly make sure we keep putting in the hard graft and the hard work.

"We are very proud of what we are doing.

"One bad day in the season so far at Lancashire (in the Royal London One-DayCup) is an amazing effort.

"But we've got to make sure we keep doing those basics well and getting stuck in with practice, making sure we respect the oppositiion, and doing the hard yards to win games.

"If we can carry on doing that, we've got a chance of it continuing."

Worcestershire were made to work hard for their success after Northants totalled 343 in their second innings.

But Daryl Mitchell's unbeaten 78, to follow his first innings 161, ensured there were no alarms as victory was secured in the extra eight overs.

Rhodes said: "It was really hard work and they pushed us in that second innings because you didn't want to chase too many runs on that wicket.

"I want to pay tribute to Daryl Mitchell, 240 runs in the match, and he spent a lot of time out there in difficult conditions.

"He thoroughly deserves all the praise he can get because it was a fine match in both innings for Daryl, seeing us home but also that big score in the first innings.

"The bowlers shared the wickets around and it was a real team effort with the ball. Nathan Lyon put in quite a stint but all the bowlers did well at times.

"They all contributed with wickets and Josh Tongue, with his pace, went aggressive which is a tactic we have been working on and he showed he has got some good pace.

"Also what is nice with the battting is they are definitely dove-tailing, and they are sharing the runs around a little bit."

Lyon bowled for the best part of two sessions and was rewarded with three wickets.

Rhodes said: "It is really important for all the bowlers to get the overs under their belt but that would have been good for him to blow away any cobwebs there might have been.

"He hasn't been doing a lot of bowling before he came here and I think he contributed with three very good wickets for us."