Alex Lees column: What a week! Old foes felled and my first ton of the season (From Bradford Telegraph and Argus)
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Alex Lees column: What a week! Old foes felled and my first ton of the season
When you’ve got a player like Aaron Finch going strong as he was against Lancashire the other night on the way to 88 off 55, and with wickets in hand, you can almost chase anything down in Twenty20.
It was a great win for us in front of an away crowd and it was a brilliant night.
The six penalty runs probably didn’t do them any favours mentally at the end but I would have still backed us without that.
We had three balls to spare with Richie (Pyrah) and Bluey (Jonny Bairstow) in and going well and I think we’d have got the six runs anyway.
If you’re on the end of a decision like that, you’re going to feel hard done by but that’s one of the regulations you have to adhere to.
We had a few glove changes here and there but they kept on adding on bits of time. Ultimately it’s in the umpires’ hands and it’s just one of those things.
We’ve played four now in that competition and I thought we were a bit unlucky to lose the first game against Northants having been in a good position. It’s that snowball effect and hopefully we can kick on now.
It’s a similar situation in the Championship as well after our win at Northants last week.
We haven’t quite been there on top form yet, even though we’ve played some good cricket in patches this season.
Getting bowled out for 136 in the first innings last week is not ideal, but to fight back and win the game shows that we’ve got some good characters in the changing room. Hopefully when everybody does start clicking into gear, it’s around the important time of the season.
It was obviously very pleasing for me and Adam (Lyth) to be able to put such a big partnership on the board in the second innings.
I was just playing a bit of a supporting role trying to get him on strike while he was playing some really nice shots at the other end.
I was disappointed at the start of the season not to get a big score because I’d been hitting the ball really well. I’ve not been feeling as good as I had been during the last couple of weeks but it was great to get a hundred on the board.
At Somerset at the start of the season and against Northants at home when I got 90 – even at Middlesex in the second innings when I got 33 – I look back there and I was hitting the ball beautifully but I didn’t manage to get over the line.
Thankfully, as well as getting that big hundred last week, I’ve played the last couple of T20 matches well.
Hopefully I can get a few more in the next couple of games and put the team in some good positions.
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