Thursday, September 24th, 2015

Tom Delighted To “prove I Can Perform At This Level” After Reaching 1,000 Runs

Tom Delighted To “prove I Can Perform At This Level” After Reaching 1,000 Runs

Worcestershire batsman Tom Fell admitted it was "nice to prove to myself I can do it at this level" after completing 1,000 LV = County Championship runs in a season for the first time.

Fell reached the four figure mark on his way to a superb 167 not out against Middlesex at New Road yesterday and added an unbroken 219 with Tom Kohler-Cadmore who will resume this morning on 97 not out.

It was his third century of the campaign – in addition to five other fifty plus scores – and the 21-year-old has lived up to his desire to show more consistency this summer.

Fell said: "It's been a while since I had a hundred and it was good to get one and pass the 1,000 run mark and more importantly have a good partnership with Pepsi (Kohler-Cadmore) and put us into a good position.

"I was well aware how many I needed for 1,000 runs. Everyone kept asking me how many more I needed and it was 87 before this game so I was relieved when I got past that mark.

"Then it was just a case of kicking on and keeping it going.

"To get 1,000 runs is the target I set at the start of the season. Admittedly I thought it was a bit ambitious at the beginning of the year and it was nice to prove to myself that I can do it at this level. It's been a good year so far."

Fell's three tons have come against the top two sides in the table in champions Yorkshire (114) and second place Middlesex (143 and 167 not out).

He said: "It is always nice to score them against good sides who are first and second in the table at the moment.

"I guess it adds a little bit more to the hundred but it doesn't really matter who you get it against. You are just happy to get it."

Worcestershire ended the second day on 329-3 – a lead of 231 – as they seek to end 2015 on a positive note after the disappointment of being relegated.

Fell said: "It was a good toss to win obviously. There is a bit more grass on this wicket and with it being a bit more juicy with the rain on the first day, it was bowler friendly.

"But it is one of those wickets, as is usually the case at New Road, if there is a bit of grass, when the sun comes out, it does flatten out and became nice to bat on in the end.

"We might be relegated but everyone still wants to win for pride more than anything. To finish the season on a high will be really good."