Saturday, September 5th, 2015

Joe Has “mixed Emotions” After Reaching Maiden Championship Century

Joe Has “mixed Emotions” After Reaching Maiden Championship Century

Joe Clarke admitted he had "mixed emotions" after scoring his maiden LV = County Championship century for Worcestershire against Sussex at New Road.

Clarke was delighted to reach three figures in the four-day competition for the first time from 174 balls with 14 fours.

But his joy was tempered by Worcestershire's innings and 63 run defeat which pushed into ninth spot in Division One.

The 19-year-old said: "I've got mixed emotions really. Obviously it's a bit of a weight off my shoulders to get my first Championship 100 but then on the flipside it happening in a losing cause which means it isn't as sweet really.

"I've come close a few times, an 80 and a 70, and all of the lads have been saying 'when is it going to come.'

"Getting a one-day hundred against Gloucestershire was a massive help, sort of realising I can get to a hundred so just to get one in the Championship is really pleasing.

"They had really good plans, very disciplined, they set straight fields and bowled straight.It was quite daunting, they were calling it 'The Wall' out there, but you just battle away."

Clarke admits he was helped by last man in, Saeed Ajmal, during the latter stages of his innings.

He said: "Saeed is a very experienced man to come in when I was a bit nervous in the late 90s with only one wicket to go. "He is very experienced and does calm you down.

"He said 'face four or five balls and then they'll bring the fielders up, and then go for it' and I managed to get the four to go to 100.