16th Jan, 2019

Centuries leave Mitchell in seventh heaven

Rob George 7th Oct, 2017

OPENER Daryl Mitchell has reflected on a season to remember which left him as the second highest run-scorer in Division Two.

Mitchell amassed 1,266 runs at an average of 55.04 and recorded a personal best of seven hundreds during the campaign.

The opener’s 139 not out sealed success at Trent Bridge against Nottinghamshire and Mitchell said it was a ‘huge moment’ in the season.

“Even we thought Nottinghamshire would win the league, particularly after their start to the season and the quality they have in the squad.

“But to go there and win was a huge moment in the season for us and gave us a hell of a lot of belief going into the run-in.”

Mitchell described his form as ‘feast or famine’ with low scores being followed by big hundreds, often in a winning cause.

“I have got to 50 ten times and got seven hundreds out of that so that’s probably the most pleasing thing,” he said.

“Seven hundreds is great. I got five in 2014 when we last went up and I was probably more consistent then but I am over the moon with the season.

“I was around in 2003 but didn’t play so I have finished second four times and gone up but this definitely trumps that to get your hands on the trophy.

“Promotion was one of the aims, probably for all ten sides in this division, but to come out on top and win as many games as we have done and finish above sides like Sussex and Notts who are full of international cricketers is a fantastic effort.

“To win the league irrespective of what happened in the Nottinghamshire game was great because I think we deserved to come out on top as a team.”

The evergreen opener hopes his form will carry into the 2018 season when Worcestershire tackle the likes of county champions Essex, Yorkshire and Lancashire.

“You always want to play and test yourself against the best and visit some big grounds. I think we’ve got some quality players here who will acquit themselves well,” he added.

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