ALEX Gidman praised veteran Daryl Mitchell's return to form after Worcestershire’s first County Championship Division Two win since mid-May.

The County first-team coach felt “doing the basics really, really well” was key in the 155-run victory over Glamorgan at Blackfinch New Road.

Mitchell’s long innings of 36 and 139 were the bedrock of the hosts' batting performance.

Hamish Rutherford, Jack Haynes and Riki Wessels also made important contributions while Charlie Morris picked up seven wickets as the attack bowled with discipline and patience.

On Mitchell’s display, Gidman said: “In the second innings he got the runs but the first was equally important in the sense of occupying the crease and facing a lot of balls.

“That’s what we’ve needed from anyone, not just Daryl. Generally the top three or four have been in the same boat and we haven’t quite done it for long enough.

“Like any team when you get someone who does that at the top of the order it gives you a really good chance.

“Daryl is a very experienced player. He has been through some tough times before. Perhaps by his own admittance this one might have been a little bit of a longer patch than he would have liked or been used to.

“But one thing we know about Daryl is he is a competitor and desperately wants to do well all the time.

“Attitude and application has never been missing, just a little bit of luck and some good bowling hasn’t helped, but he has never been a million miles away and he proved to everyone how good he is.

“He’s been very patient and worked hard for this and it will be great for him if he can continue to finish the season really strongly.”

Gidman added: “I'm really proud of that performance. We all know it’s been a tough couple of months with our red-ball cricket.

“We just did the basics really, really well.”

After the win in three days the Rapids are using today to hone their skills for the Vitality Blast.

They face Notts Outlaws in the T20 semis at Edgbaston a week on Saturday.

First the County host Gloucestershire in the Championship from Monday (10.30am).