Clarke excited by Bears clash

06 June 2018 07:37:05 EST

Worcestershire batsman Joe Clarke is relishing the crucial Royal London One-Day Cup showdown with neighbours Warwickshire at Edgbaston.

The Pears top the North Group table with one round of games to be played, but they could yet miss out on the knockout stages of the competition altogether if results go against them.

However, Clarke, who is being widely tipped for an England call-up in the near future, is not allowing thoughts of a possible elimination hinder his preparation for the day-night encounter on Thursday.

He told his county's official website: "Games like Thursday are what you play for, the chance to finish top of the group against your rivals in a derby is brilliant.

"You want to play in games like that and to come out on top and win the group would be really special for this group.

"Is there a special rivalry against Warwickshire? I think so. It certainly is for myself and when we have played T20s, One-Day and Championship games in the past, there has always been that little bit extra on it."

Clarke was in top form last time out as he made 122 in a 34-run win over Northamptonshire, adding 239 for the second wicket with Callum Ferguson, who made his second score of 150+ in three innings for Worcs.

The 33-year-old Australian right-hander made a record 192 on his county debut and backed that up with an unbeaten 159 in the victory over Northants.

Ferguson is priced at 7/2 to be top team batsman against Warwickshire, with Clarke available at 7/2 and skipper Daryl Mitchell 5/1.

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