Monday, April 24th, 2017

Rhodes Says See Saw Game Provided Top Entertainment Value

Rhodes Says See Saw Game Provided Top Entertainment Value

Steve Rhodes believes Worcestershire's exciting two-day win over Northamptonshire at New Road would have been loved by cricket's traditionalists and he said: "you surely wouldn't get better entertainment than that."

Director Of Cricket Rhodes sensed the tension and enjoyment being felt by supporters when walking around the ground on Saturday afternoon.

A low-scoring see-saw game finally ended in Worcestershire's favour by 20 runs as they made it two wins out of two in the Specsavers County Championship.

It was in sharp contrast to the run-laced fixture last season when Worcestershire chased down 401 – their highest ever win total at New Road and highlighted the variances of Championship cricket.

Rhodes said: "Northants played their part in the game. It was such a tight game that in many ways it was sad to see a loser but, whoever did lose, played their part in a wonderfully exciting game, albeit short of runs.

"I walked around the ground several times on Saturday and couldn't believe the amount of people who were right on the edge of their seats really enjoying the tension of it all.

"That is a fair reflection of what four-day cricket can give to people. The traditionalists who enjoy four-day cricket absolutely loved that spectacle over those two days.

"It was sad not to go further than two days but if you watched every minute of that match you surely wouldn't get better entertainment than that surely."

Rhodes added: "The variances (different type of games) come about with the conditions. The overhead conditions made it tough on day one and kept the wicket very fresh and moist and therefore it nipped around a lot on day two as well.

"That wicket we played on last year against Northants, there were lots of runs scored.

"The outfield was quite slow for this game but that didn't matter. It just added to the spectacle which was enthralling, edge of the seat tension."