Road trip with Hoggy
Posted in Domestic Cricket
We've had a real mixed start to the season in both championship and one-day cricket. Hopefully we can turn things around against Surrey this week.
After beating Glamorgan in our opening LV= County Championship game, despite playing badly, we then didn't turn up against Derbyshire before completely outplaying them in the return fixture which finished as a draw.
It was such a frustrating final day against Derbyshire. We had enough time to bowl them out but credit must go to their lower order who kept us out.
We had a first innings lead of 202, so when we had them 163 for seven midway through the afternoon session I couldn't see any other result than us winning. Unfortunately it wasn't to be with us failing to get the last wicket.
We really did try everything. Claude Henderson, our spinner, bowled 51 overs in that last innings.It was a great team effort though and we can be pleased with how we bowled and batted.
Our early form in the Clydesdale Bank 40 hasn't been great with just one win in four games - that being a victory over Scotland in a Sky TV game.
Last weekend we narrowly lost by nine runs to Warwickshire trying to chase 295. I was really pleased with my hundred in that game and I felt we would have won had I stayed in. You are always under pressure when the run-rate gets to 13 an over and we lost wickets at key times. It was a great effort by our batters to get so close.
We then lost to Durham 24 hours later. We had them on the ropes until Ian Blackwell came in and took down our bowlers. He hit with the wind and used the power-play well - the result was us chasing 40 runs too many.
We revert back to championship cricket on Wednesday when we play Surrey. They, like us, haven't made the best start to the summer. Last season we beat them in three days and it'd be great if we can do the same again.
I like batting at the Kia Oval but it'll be tough against a bowling attack including Chris Tremlett, Jade Dernbach and Yasir Arafat. If I can make runs against those guys then it will show people what I am all about.
I'm trying to keep things simple when I bat and I'll do the same when I face Tremlett. He's tall and gets a lot of bounce, but I will concentrate on my game rather than worry about him.
I am getting a lift with Hoggy to London the night before the game. It'll be just just him, me, the team kit and his awful taste in music.
I'm into dance music but Hoggy told me there is no chance of us listening to any of that. Instead it'll be 70s and 80s tunes - stuff that came out before I was even born. I think my best chance of surviving the journey will be trying to convince him the radio is worth listening to.