Monday, July 25th, 2016

Rhodes: Top Order Will Be Keen To Make Amends In Northants Encounter

Rhodes: Top Order Will Be Keen To Make Amends In Northants Encounter

Steve Rodes says the Worcestershire Rapids top order batsmen will be determined to make amends for yesterday's display against Warwickshire when they return to Royal London One-Day Cup action against Northamptonshire at New Road on Wednesday.

The Rapids were 19-6 at one stage and struggled to cope with Warwickshire new ball bowler Rikki Clarke who bowled his 10 overs straight through in one spell and ended with his best List A figures of 5-28.

Warwickshire eventually triumphed by eight wickets to leave the Rapids with two wins, two defeats and one no result from their opening five games.

Director of Cricket Rhodes said: "We've got some very good players who had a bad day at the top (of the order). "I think they'll be absolutely determined to try and put it right on Wednesday.

"The top order let us down at Edgbaston. Rikki Clarke bowled well. Let's not take anything away from Rikki. He swung the ball away and he had nice angled seam and nipped the ball back and he made life difficult and he is a quality new ball one day bowler.

"If you look at his stats, he doesn't go for many runs and he does take wickets but we've got to be better than that against him.

"We've got to be able to cope with that type of bowling because that is what professional batting is about – and especially top order.

"Sadly for us, the top order let us down a bit and we weren't helped I thought with some tough decisions by the umpires. Those are the rub of the green type things that go with you or they go against you.

"It was a little bit about the quality of the bowling and a little bit of indiscipline from some of top order in the sense that our footwork could have been better."