Worcestershire: Daryl Mitchell backs team to build on derby win
Worcestershire skipper Daryl Mitchell is looking to his team to capitalise on the morale-boosting thrill of Monday night's YB40 crushing of neighbours Warwickshire at Edgbaston.
Fuelled by a magnificent century from Bears old boy Moeen Ali, who plundered 114 off 85 balls, Mitchell's men romped to a record 140-run away victory.
"It was a fantastic all-round display," Mitchell told BBC Hereford & Worcester.
"We've now got a bit of momentum to go into the final month of the season."
Worcestershire's biggest one-day victory in three years, albeit against a Warwickshire side weakened by injuries and international calls, came too late to rescue their hopes of success in this season's YB40.
But, coming on top of victories over Nottinghamshire at Trent Bridge and Bangladesh A, Worcestershire's third win in a week added to their momentum going into Thursday's return to County Championship action at home to Division Two leaders Lancashire.
It is the first of five matches left over the final five weeks of the season, in which Steve Rhodes' side must make up 38 points on second-placed Northants, who they host in their final game, if they are to stand any chance of promotion back to the top flight.
But Mitchell pointed out that they went on a similar run the last time they won promotion in 2010 - and they are not daunted by facing Lancashire, who have twice been on the end of humiliating defeats to Worcestershire over the past two summers.
"We've got to go on one hell of a run to get promotion, but we've done it before," said Mitchell.
"Five games, five wins has to to be the target - and Monday night's win will really gives us a lot of belief going into the Lancashire game, as a lot of that team will be playing again.
"I know they (Warwickshire) were slightly under strength, but to come to Edgbaston and perform like that was a real achievement.
"We got off to a great start with the bat, Mo then carried it on and Graeme Cessford was outstanding with the ball first up.
"He got the balls in the right areas and deserved his wickets and, from there, it was always going to be a long way back for Warwickshire."