Skipper Daryl Mitchell admitted "the aim is to go up as champions" as Worcestershire prepare for their LV = County Championship finale against Essex at Chelmsford starting on Tuesday.

Worcestershire are already assured of being promoted after an eighth win of the campaign against Surrey at New Road last week.

But Mitchell wants to finish top of the table – and a maximum of six points at Chelmsford will ensure that goal is achieved – as well as finishing on a winning note.

Mitchell said: "I thought we were always capable of going up and promotion was within our grasp but there were half-a-dozen other sides who all thought the same thing at the start of the season.

"But the way it’s come about has been a bit surprising. To be in the top two from the start until the end of the season has been an incredible effort.

"To go 12 games unbeaten, winning seven and drawing five, was beyond anything we expected so to be in that position was great.

"There was a brief blip with the defeats to Gloucestershire and Derbyshire but to bounce back the way we did against Surrey was excellent and we thoroughly deserve to go up.

"Now the aim is to go up as champions. First and foremost we want enough points to win the title but we are going there to try and win the game."

Worcestershire have been back at New Road this week preparing for the Essex clash after celebrating their promotion success, secured with the win against Surrey when they were staring defeat in the face.

Mitchell said: "With the way it happened, from thinking we were going to have to go to Essex and get something, was an amazing feeling.

"It was a relief to get over the line, it meant that we had achieved at least one of our goals, and after winning the match, the celebrations started and I don’t think we left the ground until after it was dark.

"It’s important that when you do achieve something that you celebrate it in the right way and we certainly did that.

"I can’t fault the fitness levels of the players and there’s no team that works as hard as they do and it’s important that you enjoy those great moments when they come along."