TO have the Bradford Premier League individual record score of 227 not out on my CV is something I am very proud of.
As a player, you play for the team. The main thing is how many trophies you have won come the end of your career.
But if you can get a couple of personal milestones along the way that will stay in people’s record books, they are nice things to have as well.
The 275 I got against Derbyshire in 2013 means I am Yorkshire’s youngest double centurion – aged 20 at the time. I’m sure that will get beaten at some point.
In New Zealand over the winter, I scored 223 for the Bay of the Plenty in the Hawke Cup. It was their record score.
Now this for Lightcliffe at the weekend. It’s great.
Hopefully I can put in a similar type of contribution for Yorkshire sooner rather than later to help us push on towards silverware.
I was only too happy to turn out for Lightcliffe on Saturday.
From their point of view, they haven’t got an overseas just yet. I think they are having issues with visas.
From my point of view, I was keen to have a hit because I didn’t want to go from Yorkshire’s second XI game last week at Harrogate to Tuesday’s 50-over match against Leicestershire without some time in the middle.
It’s good for professionals to go back to the leagues. It’s an important part of everybody’s development. Without league cricket, you would not be a pro.
I had an opportunity to play, and I really enjoyed it.
I had a bit of a whack up top, then knocked it around through the middle for about 20 overs. Then I had another whack at the end.
It helped that it was a small ground and a good wicket at Lightcliffe, probably one of the best in the Bradford League.
It’s obviously different to what you’re used to playing against week in, week out at county level, but it does give you confidence that you’re hitting the ball out of the middle of the bat. Runs are runs no matter where it is.
It also reminds you that you can structure those big innings to try and take that into first-class cricket.
I haven’t had a double in first-class cricket for a few years now. Fingers crossed that changes sooner rather than later, maybe against Lancashire in this weekend’s Championship match. This weekend should actually see me face Jimmy Anderson for the first time in my career.
I’ve faced everyone else in the England set up other than him. I have a good history against good bowlers. It tends to bring out the best in me. Hopefully that continues.
I don’t think there’s too much between him and Stuart Broad, but statistically Jimmy is England’s leading wicket-taker.
They have strengthened with their overseas signings and seem to be going well. But we’ve got all of our seamers back apart from the England lads. It’s going to be a really good game.
It’s sounds like there’s a bit of weather around, so the wicket might be a bit spicy. I’m looking forward to the test.
I haven’t played in all of the Royal London one-day Cup matches so far, but we seem to be in a really good place having qualified for the knockout stage earlier this week.
Yes, we would have taken direct passage through to the semi-final, of course.
But, as I said recently, I don’t think playing in that play-off game earlier in the week (starting June 12) is a massive disadvantage.
If you’re playing good cricket and can win that play-off game, I think you’re at an advantage because the team who you’ll be playing in the semis - Worcestershire in our case - won’t have any played one-day cricket for a few weeks.
The one downside is the scheduling.
Our play-off game is on June 13 against Surrey at Headingley.
It falls the day after we finish a Championship game against Somerset at Taunton. But that happens every year at some stage.
Surrey are playing at Guildford immediately beforehand, so it’s the same for both sides. We just have to crack on.