Sunday, August 1st, 2021


Alan Richardson says the Worcestershire CCC players are relishing being back playing in front of sizeable crowds at New Road and receiving great support from members and supporters.

Spectators initially returned in limited numbers for the final three home matches in the LV=Insurance County Championship and have gradually increased in the Vitality Blast and Royal London One-Day Cup.

They will be back at New Road on Sunday for the Rapids latest One-Day encounter with Middlesex.

Assistant Coach Richardson says having supporters’ backing is a new experience for some of the younger players but one they are enjoying.

He said: “People like Josh Baker and Adam Finch wouldn’t have played in front of many big crowds (because of COVID-19 restrictions).

“Adam Finch had a bit of breakthrough year last year, and yet there was no one there to watch him because of the pandemic.

“They have really enjoyed playing in front of the crowds. It was nice last week to have a good crowd in at Worcester, really supportive.

“There have been some great atmospheres and, for the grounds not hosting The Hundred, it is an excellent opportunity for the members of those clubs to come and watch and support and hopefully watch some good cricket.

“It has been amazing, and we are always well supported at New Road, not just in numbers but the attitude of the members towards the players.

“They enjoy good cricket, they want us to win, but they also understand that is not always going to happen.

“It’s been great to have them in, and it feels like we are getting more and more back to normal if that is possible. The lads really appreciate their support and backing.”