The Worcestershire Royakls must win all four remaining matches to stay in the Twenty20 Cup, according to head coach Steve Rhodes.
Worcestershire must win all four remaining matches to stay in the Twenty20 Cup, according to head coach Steve Rhodes.
The former Pears wicketkeeper set his team the demanding challenge after watching them slump to a third straight defeat at New Road last night despite a competitive debut for Pakistan paceman Shoaib Akhtar.
But Rhodes refused to admit defeat in the race for the knockout stages, despite seeing the Royals suffer a 37-run reverse to Northamptonshire Steelbacks.
"We've got four games left to play and we have to win them all," said Rhodes. "That is our challenge now.
"It's a mountain that we've made for ourselves but it's a challenge that we have to relish and raise ourselves for and I believe that it's possible.
"There is no point in us going it there and thinking we're not going to do it. We have to be positive and believe that we can win every single game.
"We didn't play well, and even though Twenty20 cricket is a bit up and down it's still very rare for the better team not to win.
"There are areas where we've got to improve, like the start of the innings in both batting and bowling.
"But we've shown we can play well against Warwickshire, which was an excellent win, and it's up to us to do it in the next four games."