IT was a proud moment to captain my county for the first time in Sunday’s CB40 game against Essex.
Unfortunately we slipped to a defeat but I was delighted to be skipper. It has been a personal aim of mine but it came a bit sooner than I thought
I tried to treat it like any other game and stay relaxed, but I did prepare more than normal, looking at the conditions and talking more.
Picking the team with the coach wan new to me but was enjoyable. I suppose there is always a risk of upsetting someone if you leave them out, but by and large you know which side you are going to opt for. It usually comes down to one of two places, whether to go with an extra seam bowler or a spinner.
We got off to a brilliant start with the bat but didn’t play well in the middle order. That was disappointing because we had been strong in that area and Essex won by seven wickets.
It followed on from the Championship match with Sussex, which also ended in a bit of disappointment. At one stage we looked as if we were set for another big win, after posting a good first innings total and making them follow on.
We couldn’t quite get them out a second time but we have to take plenty of positives from getting so close.
It was a very slow pitch and we had to bowl 226 overs on it ,so to take 19 wickets was a major achievement. We dominated the game and got ten points, but it was a shame we couldn’t quite make it three wins from three championship games.
In recent seasons, we’ve also started well but then slipped away. This time we have to make sure that doesn’t happen. We need to keep making big first innings scores and putting the pressure on our opponents.
Hopefully, having Jimmy Anderson back for two championship games will give us a boost. I’ve missed out in my last two innings but I feel in great nick and just need to spend some time in the middle.
n I’ll be keeping my fingers crossed the Seasiders can win at Tottenham. We were brilliant when we beat them at our place, but the big one now is at home to Bolton on Saturday week. I’ll be on Lancashire duty but Ian Holloway can rest assured I’ll be cheering them on.