Cricket
Mitchell relishing Bears t20 opener

By Tim Clarke 15/06 Updated: 19/06 10:48

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WORCESTERSHIRE Royals captain Daryl Mitchell is targeting another Twenty20 double over Warwickshire as the fierce rivals prepare to clash at Edgbaston this evening (Friday).

The Royals face a mouth-watering start to their FP t20 campaign against the Bears who they beat twice in the competition last year, on the way to just missing out on a quarter-final spot.

A packed house is expected at Edgbaston for the clash and Mitchell wants to pour more misery on the Bears, who suffered a 63-run defeat against Somerset in their opening clash at Taunton on Wednesday night.

"It's always a great atmosphere there with plenty of people in the ground and hopefully we can have another good night," he said.

"We get a bit of barracking from the stands but I think the players enjoy that to be honest. We beat them twice last year so hopefully we can repeat that and get off to a good start."

Mitchell said Worcestershire were determined to improve on their record of two quarter-final appearances having failed to ever progress to finals day.

"We came as close as we could to the quarter finals without actually qualifying last year and just lost out by a point," Mitchell said.

"But the only way we can improve on that is to keep progressing and improving as a team and the only way to do that is to qualify for the quarter finals. That was one of the main goals we set at the start of the season and that's what we will be trying to achieve."

Worcestershire will start their t20 campaign without overseas signing Sohail Tanvir who has been retained by Pakistan for their ODI series against Sri Lanka.

Tanvir will miss the Royals first two games after his man of the series performances in the t20 against Sri Lanka prompted Pakistan's selectors to keep him on for the 50 over clashes.

Worcestershire are also in action on Sunday when they face Gloucestershire Gladiators in the t20 at New Road (2.30pm start).

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