Saturday, July 16th, 2016

Henry Predicts Bright Future For Worcs And Would “love To Come Back”

Henry Predicts Bright Future For Worcs And Would “love To Come Back”

Matt Henry is predicting a bright future for Worcestershire's crop of young players and says they will become "a great team."

And the New Zealand all-rounder has indicated he would "love to come back at some stage" for another spell at New Road.

Henry flew out to South Africa this morning for a training camp with the Black Caps ahead of a tour of Zimbabwe.

The 24-year-old has been a popular figure in the County's dressing room during the past three months and made a sizeable contribution with ball and bat.

Henry signed off in style with match figures of 8-88 in the Specsavers County Championship triumph over Northamptonshire and 3-15 yesterday evening in the NatWest T20 Blast success over local rivals Birmingham Bears at New Road.

He said: "It was a fantastic way to finish. To have a four-day win as well as a T20 win against the big local rivals, it was a great way to sign off.

"I've really enjoyed the last three months. It's been a lot of fun. It's been testing at times, learning about different conditions, but I've really enjoyed my time and I think I've done my job and hopefully one day I'll be able to come back and play some cricket here.

"It's been fantastic, and I've really enjoyed county cricket as well and I'd love to come back at some stage.

"It is quite a busy schedule and there isn't much time off and obviously when you've got such a busy schedule, you don't really have time to train.

"It is different but I have enjoyed my time here and it makes such a massive difference when you've got such a great bunch of guys in the changing room and support staff as well like Bumpy and Mase."

Henry ended with 27 wickets from six appearances inthe County Championship and feels he has reaped the benefits of playing in different conditions.

He said: "I was happy with that (27 wickets). I was hoping to have a bit more success than I did. I'm happy with how it finished and I feel like I did a job.

"Also the more time you can spend playing cricket abroad in different conditions with different people, it is always good for your game.

"It has been a great challenge and hopefully it will have a positive impact on my career."

As for the group of players at New Road, Henry said: "There is a good bunch of up and coming players here and that is really positive sign.

"Yes, they are a young side but they've also gained a lot of experience and a lot of them played some great cricket and showed some great signs.

"Moving forward, they will shake off the tag of being 'a young side' – and just be a great team."