Friday, April 23rd, 2021


Worcestershire CCC opener Jake Libby was delighted to score a century against his former county Nottinghamshire on the opening day of the LV=Insurance County Championship fixture at new Road.

Libby followed up his 180 not out against Essex in the opening game at Chelmsford with a superb and chanceless 117 on his home debut.

He relished the chance of facing Luke Fletcher, who was the pick of the Nottinghamshire bowlers with 2-43 from 23 overs.

He said: “It is always nice to do well against your old team. It means a little bit more playing against your teammates of old. It did mean slightly more.

“I’ve played with these guys and in the nets over the years and to play against them is a little bit strange but an experience I enjoyed.

“I always got on well with Luke (Fletcher), and he bowled really well, and it was always going to be a good challenge playing against him.”

Libby is determined to make the most of his current fine run of form and not get carried away.

He said: “I’ve played this game long enough to know it soon brings you back down to earth, so I never get too high or low, really.

“I’m just enjoying my form at the minute and not getting too carried away with it.”

Libby was full of praise for the batting in the final session of Ed Barnard and Alzarri Joseph after a clatter of wickets in the afternoon.

He said: “After lunch, I think they bowled really well. Zak (Chappell) got it to reverse a little bit, and Luke (Fletcher) did what he did all day and gave us nothing. It was a good spell for them.

“Ideally, we would have liked to have lost fewer wickets in that period, but we came through it, and it was a good partnership between Alzarri (Joseph) and Ed (Barnard) at the end, which has put us back in a good position.

“It is a good batting pitch. It is slightly different cricket in terms of it being slow and low and attritional, so it is about grinding things out.

“I think this pitch will break up potentially, and hopefully, if we can get some first innings runs, that will be crucial.”