WE couldn’t have asked for a better start to our County Championship season with innings victories inside three days at Liverpool against Sussex and Somerset.
It has really sent a positive message out to the rest of the league that we are on song.
As a batsman you can’t help but have mixed feelings over an innings win. You are in the side to bat and you want your second knock, especially if you’ve missed out in the first innings like I did against Somerset.
I was disappointed but Steven Kirby was on fire for them and took six wickets. He’s a Lancashire lad – originally from Bury – and so he always seems to have that extra spring in his step against us.
Our new overseas player Fareez Maharoof hit the headlines with his century in that game, and he also chipped in with two key top-order wickets in their first innings. He’s fitting in really well and looks a very good player.
But I think that special credit should be given to our bowling attack for the victories so far. Bearing in mind that we were without Glenn Chapple, the likes of Oliver Newby and Tom Smith have done ever so well.
Glenn is back for this week’s rematch with Sussex at Hove and we will hopefully have Jimmy Anderson available for the next two, so it’s looking good on the bowling front.
I wanted to get back out for a second go against Somerset and make amends, but it wasn’t to be.
One advantage of the early finish was that I was able to go to the Newcastle match on Saturday. I thought I’d seen my last Blackpool game for this season, so that was a bonus.
The result was disappointing but Blackpool played very well without a lot of luck. Of the three penalty shouts, I thought the first one for the challenge on Campbell should definitely have been given.
I’m still rooting for them to stay up but it will be touch and go.
The cricket fixtures do throw up the occasional quirk, like us playing Sussex twice in the first three County Championships matches.
It’s strange when it happens but seems like brilliant timing when you have won the first match so comprehensively.