15th April 2019
Paul Nixon post Worcestershire Defeat
The Foxes suffered their first defeat of the season at the hands of Worcestershire CCC in the Specsavers County Championship, with the visitors winning by an innings.
The Foxes entered the final day with Colin Ackermann and Chris Wright at the crease as they looked to bat for as long as possible and build up a lead for the visitors to chase for the victory.
However, with the lunch interval delayed by 30 minutes, Worcestershire confirmed the victory as the last wicket of Tom Taylor saw the Foxes number 16’s 57-run stand come to an end.
The Foxes won the toss at the beginning of the first day, and chose to bowl – a decision, that many were questioning after Worcestershire posted a first innings score of 553-6d.
Head Coach Paul Nixon said: “It was an interesting one with half of the coaching staff thinking one thing, and the other half thinking another.
“In the end, we ended up choosing to bowl. We felt it would do enough by way of seam movement. There are still green areas away from the wicket. It is early April, it’s still chilly and the ground can still be a bit damp in the mornings, and we thought that there might have been enough seam movement.
“To be fair, I think there was enough seam movement early on.
“They [Worcestershire] played and missed dozens of times and got away with it. This game is such fine margins – you can have ten play and misses, and then someone can walk out first ball and nick it - and that is the game.”
More on the defeat, Nixon said: “We are bitterly disappointed because we have come into this game full of confidence and on a high.
“We did not do the basics well enough on a pitch which is very good.
“We allowed Worcestershire to get away. They got three hundred’s and you can’t take that away from them.”
The Foxes managed to post five half-centuries over the course of the fixture and amongst those half-centuries were a number of positive performances at the crease: “It is great to see a bit of resilience from the guys.
“A few of the guys were in a good place and almost felt too good.
“They felt so good that they went after balls that weren’t there, but it is a great lesson for them.
“They have their scoring areas that they wait for bowlers to come into, and when you are playing really well sometimes you fancy a bit more.”
After a quick start to the red ball campaign, the County Championship now takes a back seat as the Royal London One-Day Cup gets underway on Wednesday 17 April away at Yorkshire, and Nico can’t wait for it to start: “It is exciting.
“We had a heavy white ball emphasis this winter, we looked at the way we were last year and had a great de-brief of the players individually and the game plans.
“There was a heavy emphasis on expanding our white ball game this winter – up until Christmas was basically white ball.
“We go to Yorkshire, a test ground with a good crowd – a partisan crowd as always and we are looking forward to showing our skills and playing positive cricket.”
*Click HERE to watch the full interview with Nico.