Worcestershire: Steve Rhodes says T20 motivation will not waver

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Worcestershire are set for the quarter-finals of the T20 for the fifth time

Steve Rhodes says Worcestershire will learn from last season and not allow their motivation to slip as they close in on a T20 Blast quarter-final place.

A win at Derbyshire in their penultimate group game on Friday will rubber-stamp their last-eight place.

"We want to keep momentum going, we just dropped off a little bit towards the end of qualifying last year," boss Rhodes told BBC Hereford and Worcester.

"That didn't put us in the best of states for the quarter-final."

Worcestershire had to win their last match - against Derbyshire - in 2014 to make it through to the knock-out stage where they were beaten comfortably by Surrey at The Oval.

Worcestershire v Derbyshire: Recent record
Worcestershire have won the last five completed meetings
Derbyshire have won three of their last four T20 games at home
Worcestershire have won their last five matches away from home (Northants, Durham, Lancashire, Nottinghamshire, Yorkshire)
Former Derbyshire batsman Ross Whiteley has hit more sixes (25) than anyone else in the North Group

This time round, qualifying has been more consistent with a place in the quarter-finals virtually in the bag already after Ross Whiteley's six-hitting exploits helped them beat Yorkshire by 74 runs.

Victory on Friday could also clinch a home tie in the last eight - something the club have never managed to secure.

But with their outstanding record on the road this season, director of cricket Rhodes joked that being drawn away might not be the worst thing.

"Mase (assistant coach Matt Mason) said to me in the dug-out against Yorkshire 'What the hell are we going for a home quarter-final for? We're playing so well away'," he added.

"Obviously we owe it to our crowd and try and get a home quarter-final and we'll be looking to keep confidence high and win two games of cricket.

"This team won't get too big for its boots, Derbyshire haven't had the best of seasons in T20 cricket but they're a dangerous team and we'll be respecting them."

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