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Celebrating the Jubilee with wins

Posted in Domestic Cricket

It might be the Jubilee Weekend but it is business as usual for us cricketers.

On Saturday, we drive up to Durham for a Clydesdale Bank 40 game the following day and then it’s back down to Trent Bridge for an LV= County Championship game against Worcestershire on Tuesday. It’s a weekend of cricket and driving.

While we will not be celebrating the Jubilee, hopefully we can celebrate with a few wins instead.

It was great to get our CB40 campaign up and running with a win against Hampshire last night. After we lost our opening game to Scotland, it was important for us to come back with a good performance.

I think our side is really well suited to this competition. We have plenty of options with bat and ball plus there is real depth to our squad. We can replace anyone with another strong player.

I was really pleased with my hundred, especially as it was on TV.

I was a bit slow to start with but I had to do that. We didn’t want to lose another wicket. Just as Samit [Patel] and I were getting going, he got out so I had to anchor the innings a bit. When I decided to go for it luckily it came off.

I hit 90 off my last 32 balls with 26 coming from the final six deliveries. I know I have that sort of innings in the locker - I did in for Leicestershire in the Twenty20 competition - but it’s nice to show everyone I can hit the ball out of the park, including the selectors.

I feel my game is adaptable. I can run the ball around but I can go big too. I can play different roles depending on the situation.

I saw that Kevin Pietersen retired from one-day cricket so there is a slot there. The selectors have told me to just keep knocking on the door by scoring runs.

Our season has gone well so far. We are delighted to be top of the league in the four-day competition.

We’ve had some good wins against tough opposition. We need to keep the momentum going with some more victories starting with Worcestershire next week.

But before then it’s a trip up to Durham for another TV game. Hopefully we can put on a good show. Make sure you tune in.