Monday, July 27th, 2015

Tom Hoping To Repeat Last Season’s “surprise” Success In 50 Over Cricket

Tom Hoping To Repeat Last Season’s “surprise” Success In 50 Over Cricket

Tom Fell admits he was surprised by his success in last season's Royal London One-Day Cup but the Worcestershire Rapids batsman is hoping he can make another important contribution in this season's competition.

Fell admits his form in the LV = County Championshi tailed off during the second half of 2014 but in contrast he scored 341 runs at an average of 48.71 in the RLC with the aid of four half centuries.

He was the ideal foil for the bigger-hitting players in the side.

Fell said: "The 50 over competition went pretty well, surprisingly, because I've never really been known for my white ball cricket.

"I think in the 50 overs it was quite nice for me in the role I had to bat through, be real positive but almost have people bat around me.

"There are a lot of strikers in the side and if I can bat through and be an anchor for the innings, the likes of Pepsi (Tom Kohler-Cadmore) and Ross (Whiteley) can come in and strike it around me.

"I think it worked quite well last year and I'm looking forward to playing in those games again this year – if selected."

Fell believes Worcestershire have the quality to make a good impression in the RLC.

He said: "It would be nice if we can go one step further than last year, get into the quarter-finals and see where we are at.

"It would be brilliant to have a one-day final at Lord's.

"We've got a real good one-day side. We've shown it in the T20 this season. We've been brilliant, even when not our best, still winning games.

"If we can take some of that into the 50 over cricket, I think we will have a strong side."

Fell admits it is important not to lose early wickets – something which occured on several occasions with Worcestershire last season when they were put in on several occasions and were faced with tricky conditions and a 10.30am start.

He said: "We found with the 10.30 starts, it can actually do quite a lot, especially with two new white balls. It was quite tough early on.

"When you are trying to attack in powerplays early on, it is very easy to get out quite early.

"It is something we are going to learn from and how we are going to get through that."

Fell believes the mindset of how domestic 50 cricket is approached has to change after the positive approach by England in the recent series against New Zealand.

He said: "I think it has got to really. That is obviously the way the game is going. It is important for the domestic game to adapt as well.

"You feel on a decent wicket with a fast outfield, you can chase almost anything. You never know what is a good score these days.

"We are seeing now in international games that 300 is a pretty par score at the moment.

"It is difficult with the 10.30 starts and losing two or three early wickets, then it is difficult to get up to that high score."

*We will be featuring Tom in the next edition of the County 365 Magazine.