26th May, 2019

Mitchell makes call for an improved 50-over showing

Rob George 29th Jul, 2015 Updated: 19th Oct, 2016

WORCESTERSHIRE skipper Daryl Mitchell hopes his Rapids side transfer their NatWest T20 Blast form into the Royal London One-Day Cup.

The Rapids’ bid for a winning start to this year’s tournament was thwarted by the weather on Monday as their game at Durham was abandoned without a ball being bowled.

Mitchell’s men will hope for better weather when they welcome Yorkshire tomorrow (Thursday) before making the trip to Taunton to tackle Somerset on Friday.

As well as transferring the winning habit which saw the Rapids into the Natwest T20Blast quarter-finals, Mitchell hopes the club can improve on their performance in last season’s competition.

Worcestershire were in contention to reach the knockout stages with two matches remaining but eventually finished seventh in their group.

They often lost wickets during the initial powerplay overs and after being put into bat in tricky batting conditions with the 10.30am start.

“We can take a lot of confidence from our T20 campaign and hopefully we can translate that form into the 50-over version,” Mitchell said.

“We are keen to improve on what was a disappointing campaign in the competition last season.

“There’s more of a building phase when you are batting in 50-over cricket compared to T20.

“50 overs is a long time to bat and you have to keep your concentration in the field for more than three hours,” he added.

Mitchell admitted he would be keeping an eye on how counties approach the competition after the almost revolutionary approach of England and New Zealand in their recent memorable ODI series.

“We saw how England attacked with the bat and played positively in their series against New Zealand.

“It will be interesting to see how the different counties approach things,” he added.

Rapids fans have been eagerly snapping up tickets for the club’s first ever home quarter-final in the NatWest T20 Blast against Hampshire on Friday, August 14.

Tickets went on sale on Monday to the county’s members and T20 season pass holders and they will be given priority up to and including Thursday.

Any remaining tickets will go on sale to the general public on Friday for £20 (£10 juniors).

Ticketing and Membership manager Amy Francetti said: “Our first day of selling tickets to members went incredibly well and so many happy supporters have already secured their tickets for this unmissable match.

“You can sense the excitement from fans as they want to help inspire the Rapids to their first ever finals day in the competition,” she added.

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