Sunday, September 5th, 2021


Jake Libby admits it would be “a massive thing” if he becomes the first player to score 1,000 runs in the LV=Insurance County Championship this season.

The Worcestershire CCC batsman needs 49 more runs to reach that milestone and is currently the leading run-scorer in the country.

Libby overhauled David Bedingham (945) with his fourth century of the season against Sussex at New Road as Worcestershire moved to top of the table.

The former Nottinghamshire batsman, currently preparing to face Kent at Canterbury, said: “What would being the first to 1,000 runs mean? It would be a massive thing.

“You have targets at the start of each year – and 1,000 was certainly one of those.

“I think, realistically, I will get there at some stage but it would be nice to be the first one to achieve that.

“It is nice personally although David Bedingham did have a week off because of COVID issues so that has helped.

“I know full well in cricket that things can change.

“I’m just enjoying it while I’m in good form at the moment and hopefully we will be in for a big September and I want to keep putting in performances for the team.”

Libby, Worcestershire’s red ball vice-captain, admits he has relished being one of the senior players at New Road and working under Head Coach Alex Gidman and Club Captain Joe Leach.

“He said: “I’ve come in and been made to feel really welcome and being a senior batsman, I think that has been a key factor for me.

“Being a senior player here and if I play well, I know it’s my spot. I’ve enjoyed playing under Joe (Leach) and Alex (Gidman).

“It has just allowed me to play freely and express myself on the pitch and I couldn’t be more thankful to them.

“It is a really exciting group and I’m really excited for the future.”

Libby is aware of the challenge Kent will pose and says Worcestershire will need to perform at their best.

He said: “They won this week and they are looking really strong. We’ve got to put in a good performance because we know we are in for a tough game.

“We are going to have to play our best cricket.”