Worcestershire pace bowler Ben Gibbon says the sort of days he has been experiencing since breaking into the first team will “make me a better cricketer”.
Gibbon returned career best first class figures of 4-27 against Durham at the Seat Unique Riverside in the LV=Insurance County Championship fixture.
Being in the field for the best of two days is a new challenge this season for Gibbon, his first as a professional cricketer.
But he showed his potential and character during an 11 over post lunch spell against Derbyshire at the Incora County Ground in bouncing back from a disappointing first spell and continued in the same vein against Durham.
Gibbon dismissed double century-maker Rachin Ravindra, Liam Trevaskis and Ned Eckersley in the space of 10 balls.
He said: : “It has been a difficult experience being in the field. I’ve gone from 50-over and three-day cricket to first-class games, so it’s a lot harder on the legs.
“But, I’m enjoying it and it has been good so far. You have to find something when you run in for your third and fourth spell.
“I think I bowled 25 overs so that’s a decent spell, and I’ve walked off with heavy legs, but it has still been enjoyable.
“I needed a few wickets because I was going at four an over, so it was nice to get a few and make those bowling figures look a little bit better.
“I’m still learning, I’m only 21, so if I keep having these days and keep learning it will make me a better cricketer.
“I’m sure there will be more days like the past two, and I’ve just got to take the positives and move forward.”