Rhodes proud of record

17 May 2017 09:06:30 EST

Worcestershire's director of cricket Steve Rhodes has praised his homegrown team for securing a first semi-final spot for 13 years.

The Rapids topped the northern section of the Royal London Cup and will be at home on either 16th or 17th June.

That New Road fixture was confirmed following Tuesday night's away win over Derbyshire Falcons.

That was Joe Leach's team's sixth win in eight attempts and left them with 13 points, the one point coming courtesy of a tie at Northampton.

"I'm delighted for the club, delighted for the players in particular, and all the staff who put a lot of work in trying to get to that semi-final," Rhodes said.

"It's going to be a nice pay-day for the club, and I know that is welcome, but I'm very proud of what the team have done in finishing top of the group.

"We are a small club, we like to play our young academy players, we don't really venture off too much with the non-English type of player.

"I think it is a nice feeling to finish top of that group.

"We've got a lot to be proud of. Our ground is one of the most beautiful and if we get a nice sunny day for the semi-final, it will be a fantastic occasion.

Whoever we play against will be a good team. They will have finished either second or third in their groups.

"What we can expect is a really tough match but if we can turn up and produce what we have on many occasions so far this year, then we will be hard to beat."

Worcestershire are 4/7 to beat Derbyshire in their next four-day fixture and 11/2 to win the County Championship Division Two title this season.

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