Worcestershire Rapids pace bowler, Adam Finch, is determined to learn and make the most of any opportunity and experience of white ball cricket.
Finch, 21, has so far played just six T20 and 11 List A games in his career.
But he has featured in the last four matches in this summer’s Royal London Cup and returned career best List A figures of 3-54 against Derbyshire at New Road on Sunday.
Finch came back into the attack to dismiss the in-form Derbyshire captain, Shan Masood, and Brooke Guest in the same over.
Then in the penultimate over he accounted for Alex Hughes and, for good measure, also hit his highest List A score of 24 during a partnership of 61 with century-maker and Rapids captain, Jake Libby.
Finch said: “I’m still learning, I’m still fairly fresh when it comes to white ball cricket, so just trying to take every opportunity I can to learn.
“I talk to Alan (Richardson), see what he has for me, and every experience is a new experience really.
“I haven’t played many matches so it’s about keep trying to learn, keep trying to build on things.
“It is about trying to use the experiences, learn from the experiences and hopefully in the future, if I’d have been in a situation before I can look back and say ‘been in this place before, know what to do now to go about it, how to handle it.’
“That’s the way I approach it. I’ve been trying to develop a lot. Like I said, I do speak a lot with Alan, and take on board new things all the time.
“It’s been nice to get an opportunity, and I’m really grateful to get the chance to play. A lot of people would do anything to get to do what we do for a profession.”
Finch had Masood caught behind from a ball of extra bounce to end a stand of 137 with Luis Reece and then Guest went to hook his second delivery and was caught at deep square leg.
He said: “The games come thick and fast and to get a couple of wickets was nice. I got a little bit of extra bounce and was quite pleased with that.
“I got some clear instructions from Jake. We needed to break that partnership and to do that was immensely pleasing.
“Shan is a really good player, and Luis played well himself so, to break that partnership, I was really pleased.
“I was pleased with getting Guest out as well. I think the big boundaries helped a little bit, so just tried to use what was on offer.”
Regarding recent results in the Royal London Cup, Finch said: “We are trying to do the right things and trying to do our best.
“All we can do is keep trying to get better and do the right things and keep learning in those kind of situations.
“We are still a fairly fresh group, there is not a lot of white ball cricket played amongst us, so keep learning, keep developing and keep trying to win those situations in the future.
“We’ve got a great bunch. We are really fortunate here. We’ve got a really tight knit group, we are all close. Morale is still good.
“Results are what you want but, as groups go, we are one of the better groups across the circuit to deal with a situation like this.”
Finch says the Rapids want to end the competition on a high note to put them in a good place for the resumption of the LV=Insurance County Championship in September.
He said: “Hopefully if we can win a couple of games at the back end of this competition, and take some momentum into the Championship fixtures, it will be great.”
Finch made his T20 debut against Somerset at Edgbaston in September 2020 and his first List A appearance versus Kent at New Road last July.