Worcestershire all-rounder Logan van Beek was delighted to be able to make a positive contribution on his LV=Insurance County Championship debut against Glamorgan at New Road.
The Netherlands international put on 101 for the seventh wicket with Club Captain Brett D’Oliveira (74 not out) to help lift Worcestershire from 110-6 to 284 all out and two batting bonus points.
He struck 53 from 95 balls with 10 fours and then loan signing Ben Allison (37) assisted D’Oliveira in a further stand of 64.
Van Beek said: “It is satisfying to make an impact on a game straight away and that’s what you want to do as a cricketer.
“The beauty about the County Championship is that you’ve got four days to try and make an impact.
“It was actually quite tough. It felt like any ball could get you out at anytime. The ball never really came on as true as you would like.
“Every ball felt like a bit of a battle. It was warm and hot and there was just a little bit in it for the bowlers.
“Brett and I were telling each other let’s go one ball at a time and keep stacking it.
“As a team, we walked into those changing rooms this evening thinking ‘cool, we are in the game with that score.’
“Quite happy from the position we were in to get to that point is satisfying.”
Van Beek will now switch to being part of an attack looking to make inroads into the Glamorgan batting line-up.
He said: “Today is done, tomorrow is all about trying to bowl them out as quick as we can and I think our bowlers we’ve got will prove to be a different test to them. I think we’ve got slightly different bowlers.
“Hopefully the pitch kind of hardens but keeps that nip that was around. We will see what happens tomorrow.
“It’s going to be a day of stacking. It’s going to be hot, might be shorter spells, but there is enough there to keep you interested.
“The key is can we stack it together and have those ‘bang, bang’ moments.
“If we can bowl them out for under 200 that will be a great day and if we are batting by the end of the day, that is a good day for us.”