Plunkett cool over title pressure

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Liam Plunkett

Liam Plunkett shows his delight at dismissing Samit Patel on a day when Durham made all the running against Nottinghamshire

Liam Plunkett has insisted he and his fellow Durham bowlers felt no pressure after they enjoyed a stellar day in all but guaranteeing success in Division One of the LV= County Championship.

Plunkett underpinned the home side’s efforts on day three as he claimed figures of 6-85 in helping dismiss Notts for 384 in their first innings at the Riverside, a total that was not sufficient to see them avoid the follow-on.

Having asked Notts to bat again they were duly reduced to 52 for two in their second innings, with Plunkett delighted with way he and his fellow bowlers acquitted themselves in gaining the bonus points they needed to ensure they remain champions in the four-day game at the conclusion of this fixture tomorrow.

“We didn’t really feel any pressure going into today,” he said.

“We knew there was two days left and we just had to bowl our line and length and hopefully we could grab the wickets we needed.

“We have got some serious bowlers so we didn’t really feel much pressure at all.

“We knew they have some talented batters in their own right and we just thought ‘this is our pitch’.

“Our bowlers are a little different to theirs and in the end we got them down to about 200 less than we did.”

Plunkett’s haul was part of a wider day of bowling domination for the home side, with the 24-year-old also pleased to have played his part in helping effectively secure the title after being 12th man to the winning side when they secured the championship at Canterbury last season.

“Not getting picked for Durham is heartbreaking,” he said.

“I’ve been here since I was 16 so this year to play most of the games when I’ve been fit has been awesome.

“Hopefully we can wrap it up tomorrow and being a part of that means so much to me.”

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