Sharp hopeful of white ball success

21 May 2018 06:36:01 EST

Worcestershire head coach Kevin Sharp believes the Royals are well placed to emulate the successes of recent seasons in limited-overs cricket.

Last year, captain Joe Leach led his men to the top of the northern group in the Royal London One-Day Cup.

However, they were defeated by Surrey in the last four to derail plans of a trip to Lord's.

At the weekend, they began their latest 50-over campaign with a comprehensive 50-run defeat of Derbyshire at New Road.

"We have a strong white-ball team and we've been in quarter-finals and semi-finals in either the T20 or One-Day Cup in recent years," Sharp, in his first year as the club's head coach, said.

"I've always thought with white-ball cricket that we are dangerous and we've brought in one or two players to add to things.

"It is an exciting squad. Unfortunately we just fell at the semi-final hurdle last year. We weren't at our best on that day. That's the game, that's what happens.

"But we are in a position to really make an impact. These lads have played quite a bit of it now. They've had now some experiences and I think they are ready to go now, and really, really compete."

Worcs are 9/1 to top the North Group in the One-Day Cup this season, with Nottinghamshire 1212/1 and Warwickshire 1212/1.

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