Monday, September 17th, 2018

Sharp: Players Will Give “Very Best” In Battle To Stay In Division One

Worcestershire return to Specsavers County Championship action tomorrow against Essex at Chelmsford with Head Coach Kevin Sharp saying everyone will “give our very best” in the battle to stay up.

The County’s players reconvened this morning after the euphoria of the Rapids Saturday’s Vitality Blast triumph over Sussex Sharks.

They will be bidding to win their final two matches and hope other results go favourably in the bid to climb out of the bottom two.

Sharp said: “Saturday was a wonderful day and occasion for us all. These things don’t come around very often.

“Sometimes in cricket, you feel you are having more bad days than good days.

“I can always remember something Saeed Ajmal said after we had lost a game. He made me laugh when he said ‘cricket – 70 per cent cry, 30 per cent happy.’

“I’ve never actually forgotten that. We’ve had a bit of that 30 per cent.

“You work so hard, everyone does right across the club, and everybody wants to win something and it doesn’t happen that often.

“For us to do that on Saturday, we have to treasure that, cherish it, always remember it.

“Yet tomorrow is another day. We’ve done that now and we’ve got two Championship matches to play.

“We’ve got to win them both and the other results would have to go our way for us to stay up but we will give it our very best.”

Sharp added: “Will it be big effort physically and mentally after Saturday? It might be easier by winning on Saturday than if we had lost.

“I think there will be a lot of excitement. The lads will be bubbling and they know what they have to do.

“But, in fairness, although we are bottom of the Championship, we have competed very well.

“There have been a few times where we just haven’t been able to get over the line and sometimes seize the key moments in games.

“We just had a game against Surrey where it’s gone toe to toe with the County champions so that shows what we can do.”