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Nothing but win will be enough for quarters
9:00am Tuesday 12th July 2011 in Daryl Mitchell
THE win over Warwickshire Bears in Friends Life t20 means we are still in with a chance of reaching the quarter-finals.
Although we are having to rely on results elsewhere, we are just concentrating on what we have to do and that is beat group leaders Nottinghamshire Outlaws at Trent Bridge on Friday night.
Should we do that then we will have 17 points and that really should be enough for us to qualify.
But what we can’t do is worry about what is happening elsewhere, we can only affect what we do.
To beat Warwickshire for the second time in the competition was fantastic — especially in front of such a big crowd at New Road.
It was also an excellent performance in the field too as we were probably 10 or 15 runs light of what would have been a good total on such a difficult pitch to score on.
I think we were unbelievable in the field and with the ball, because to defend 112-6 was a magnificent effort.
Jimmy Cameron was superb in the field and his knock of 37 was vitally important to ensure we at least had something to bowl at.
The win also meant we put the Notts defeat last Tuesday out of our minds — that was a match we really should have won.
In the early part of the Nottinghamshire innings we were sloppy in the field, although we did manage to bring it back later.
We were cruising with the bat, had victory in our sights and then just made a complete mess of the run chase.
We can’t let that happen on Friday if we want that spot in the last eight.
Today is the second day of the LV= County Championship Division One match against Yorkshire at Scarborough.
Like us, they are fighting for survival and we feel that if we are to stay up this season, which will be a fantastic achievement, we are probably going to need at least three more wins.
We played well against Yorkshire in the opening match of the season but, unfortunately, a big partnership from Gerard Brophy and Ryan Sidebottom really hurt us.
But we have Saeed Ajmal playing in his first championship match for us and we are really excited to see what he can do.
He has shown already in the Twenty20 what a fantastic player he is.
To have Saeed in the team is great for me as well. I have already been leaning on him during the matches to use his experience from the international circuit.
He is a match-winner and we will be using his talents as much as we can.
News also came out last week about Gareth Andrew putting in a 28-day notice to allow him to speak to other counties.
Gaz has had a fine season taking wickets and scoring runs in all forms of the game and, with him being in the final year of his contract, he wants to see what his options are.
Hopefully, he will realise he belongs here at Worcestershire and stays because that is what we all want.