Friday, July 11th, 2014

Six Hit King Munro Confident Rapids Can Recapture Best Form In Derby

Six Hit King Munro Confident Rapids Can Recapture Best Form In Derby

Six-hitting king Colin Munro is confident Worcestershire Rapids can recapture their best form in tonight's NatWest T20 Blast derby with Birmingham Bears at Edgbaston.

The Rapids eight game unbeaten run in the competition came to an end with last weekend's 50 run home setback against North Group leaders Lancashire Lightning.

But they are still well in contention to book a quarter-final spot and Munro has faith in the squad to bounce back.

The New Zealand star, who is the Rapids leading six hitter with 10 in the competition, said: "It's important to put last week behind us and bounce back. That is the thing in Twenty20.

"We didn't bowl where we wanted to a lot of the time and they capitalised on it.

"I picked up two wickets but at a big economy rate which I was not too happy with. If I had gone for nine or ten I would have been happy but twelve and a half is not good enough.

"Jos Buttler played a good innings and Ashwell Prince did what he did at the start and through the middle.

"We never quite got going with the ball and in the field we let a couple of simple twos go. But Twenty20 is that kind of game where if you are off, you're off.

"After the game Bumpy (Director of Cricket Steve Rhodes) came in and just said today we got beaten by a better team which is fair enough, put it behind us.

"We've had a couple of days of training, Wednesday, Thursday, and then hopefully we can just go out there on Friday and hopefully put a good performance on.

"We know what we are capable of. You just get on with it and now we look to play the Bears who we had a great win against a couple of weeks ago.

"It was a great result to really play them off the park. I think we chased 130 in about 13-14 overs on not the greatest wicket."

Munro added: "We will look forward to playing at Edgbaston. I played there once for New Zealand against Australia in the Champions Trophy and it was a good atmosphere.

"Hopefully we can get a big crowd in there and really show our skills."

Munro is the Rapids second highest run-scorer behind skipper Daryl Mitchell and has been a consistent performer in recent weeks with an overall strike rate of 140.56 in the competition.

He said: "It's something I've been working on, to try and get a little bit more consistent.

"Obviously I would have loved to score a few more runs (28) against Lancashire at a quicker pace but you've got to give credit to Lancashire for the way they bowled.

"They've got some good death bowlers and a really good overseas player in Junaid Khan.

"Moving forward, we've got to try and combat those good death bowlers if we want to get further and push for finals and finals day and things like that.

"I'm happy where I'm at in terms of my batting. The bowling, I'm happy to get an opportunity. But against Lancashire, I didn't hit the areas I wanted to."