Tuesday, April 21st, 2015

Alexei Chuffed To Claim Joyce And Wright Amongst His First Ever Wickets For Worcs

Alexei Chuffed To Claim Joyce And Wright Amongst His First Ever Wickets For Worcs

Alexei Kervezee admits he was "pretty chuffed" to claim Sussex skipper Ed Joyce and the in form Luke Wright amongst his first ever wickets for Worcestershire in the LV = County Championship clash at Hove.

Kervezee had only previously picked up two first class wickets in his career – both for Holland – but was a major success with his off spin when tossed the ball by Daryl Mitchell just before lunch.

He removed first innings century-maker Matt Machan, Wright – who had passed 50 in his three previous Championship knocks this season – and Sussex batting rock Joyce in finishing with 3-72.

Fellow spinner Sachithra Senayake then showed his class in picking up the final four wickets to leave Worcestershire a 247 victory target – reduced to 200 by openers Daryl Mitchell and Richard Oliver by the close.

Kervezee told BBC Hereford-Worcester's Dave Bradley: "Credit has to go to all the bowlers. They all did exceptionally well on a fairly good wicket. It made life a lot easier.

"I've been working quite hard and bowled my overs in the nets but I was quite surprised when Mitch told me to get loose and bowl.

"I've been talking to Moeen a little bit and Sachithra as well about bowling a little bit quicker and it paid off today.

"There was a little bit of turn and a bit of rough to work with outside the left hander's off stump.

"It was quite nice to land a few in there. Now going into the final day needing 200 to win the game is not a bad place to be in. Hopefully all goes well tomorrow."

Kervezee added: "I bowl seam in the Birmingham League and bowling off breaks in a first class game is a little bit different.

"For whatever reason it seemed to go my way today.

"I’m pretty chuffed to have got Joyce and Wright out – they are not a bad couple of scalps amongst my first Championship wickets.

"Do I see myself bowling a lot more? You will have to ask Bumpy (Director of Cricket Steve Rhodes) and Daryl (skipper Daryl Mitchell) about that.

"I'd love to bowl more. We will see how it goes."

Kervezee, who scored 93 in the first innings, felt Senanayake deserved more than his four wickets.

He said: "He bowled well all day and could easily have had five or six wickets to be honest. He deserved them."