WORCESTERSHIRE captain Brett D'Oliveira insists there are plenty of positives to take from their agonising three-wicket defeat to Glamorgan in the County Championship.

The Welsh county needed 100 runs on the final day of the match, with Worcestershire also chasing victory with only five wickets required.

But 99* from Billy Root and a quickfire 26* from Michael Neser saw the visitors over the line and clinch a dramatic win.

"It was an outstanding game of cricket, just unfortunate to be on the wrong end of it," said D'Oliveira.

"But I think credit has to go to them to be honest. I thought Billy Root played an outstanding knock there to get 99 not out and get them across the line as well as Colin Ingram yesterday and then obviously Michael Neser came in with a bit of experience and just taking the game out of our hands a little bit.

"But credit goes to our bowlers as well they fought and fought all the way through and even the fielding; Tom Fell takes that one-handed diving catch – these are the things that we want the players to be doing so the characteristics are there.

"It's fine margins in this game but it wasn’t meant to be."

A victory would have taken the Pears to within a point of the top two in the table and kept themselves right in the mix for promotion.

But despite being unable to capitalise on that opportunity, D'Oliveira is confident that things are moving in the right direction in the red-ball game.

"This whole red ball campaign we’ve showed the fight and determination, things that I asked for at the start of the year and I hope that the spectators are seeing that, the passion and the enjoyment of playing for this club so long may that continue.

"I think we’ve got to take all the positives from this game because if we keep putting ourselves in these positions I’m sure we’ll win more than lose."