Wednesday, September 7th, 2016

Skipper: To Reach 10,000 Runs For Worcs Will “mean A Little Bit More”

Skipper: To Reach 10,000 Runs For Worcs Will “mean A Little Bit More”

Daryl Mitchell says passing 10,000 first class runs for Worcestershire "will mean more" than reaching the combined landmark in his career for all the teams he has played for.

Skipper Mitchell went to that figure with the second of his two centuries in the record-breaking win against Northamptonshire at New Road.

But that tally included included 339 runs for Mountaineers in South Africa and another 63 when selected for the MCC against Yorkshire in the UAE 18 months ago.

After the game with Essex last week, Mitchell's first class total for Worcestershire stands at 9,712.

He said: "It was a nice milestone. You don't ever really set out to score a set amount of runs in your career but it was nice to pass that.

"If I'm being honest, I think 10,000 first class runs for Worcestershire will probably mean a little bit more.

"There are probably not that many who have done that and this is my home county so it would be special.

"That is a record I will cherish a little bit more than just passing 10,000 in total."

The 32-year-old showed his class with the two tons against Northants but admits he has not been as prolific as he would have wanted in his benefit year with the County.

He said: "It has been strange really. I haven't particularly felt out of nick all year really.

"I obviously haven't got the amount of runs I would have liked, particularly in the four-day format.

"But I felt like I struck the ball pretty well in T20 cricket and my strike rates were right up there and played a couple of important knocks, particularly at the back end of that competition.

"That was pleasing. Then under pressure against Notts in the One-Day Cup, having lost a wicket early, myself and Felly put on a big partnership which was really important to us and we kept in front of Duckworth-Lewis."

In terms of how his season has mapped out, Mitchell said: "It has been a mixture of things. There have been some good balls in there, a couple of dodgy decisions maybe, some pretty ordinary decisions on my part as well, poor shot selection at times.

"I've been caught in the ring more often than I ever have before and you have only got yourself to blame for those.

"But I've been around long enough to know that sometimes things go for you, sometimes they go against you.

"It's all about keep working hard, keep doing the right things and eventually it will turn and you will get the runs you deserve."

Mitchell has experienced a hectic nine months with being captain, opening batsman and a father of two young children in addition to his benefit year functions.

He said: "It's been full-on, that's for sure. I've generally enjoyed it. My committee have been brilliant and put a lot of hard work in on my behalf.

"A lot of the events have been really good fun and I've enjoyed meeting a few different people and there are still some great events to look forward to."