DIRECTOR of cricket Steve Rhodes insists relegated Worcestershire are determined to finish their LV= County Championship Division One campaign on a high note.
The County saw their two-year stay in the top-flight ended last week following an innings and 202-run defeat against Warwickshire, who were crowned champions, at New Road.
But Worcestershire head to Somerset today (10.30am) aiming to sign off with what would be only their second win of the season and one which could still see them leap-frog second-from-bottom Lancashire.
“There’s a lot of pride to play for to finish in a positive light,” Rhodes said. “We are playing Somerset and it is always challenging going down to Taunton but we will be looking to finish on a high and keep a smile on the players’ and supporters’ faces.
“We will be going out there to try and get maximum points. We need to make sure we are up for the game and give it our best shot.”
Rhodes has recalled England Under 19 all-rounder Aneesh Kapil to his 12-man squad in place of Matt Pardoe but Gareth Andrew has failed a fitness test on a calf injury.
The County director of cricket added: “There are still a lot of people within the club with a lot to prove. “People like Phil Hughes, who will want to finish off the season in style — as will all of the other batters, who will want to get their run tallies, aggregates and averages up.
“There will be no just going through the motions.”
Worcestershire (from): Mitchell, Hughes, Pinner, Moeen, Kapil, Kervezee, Leach, Cox, D’Oliveira, Harrison, Richardson, Russell.