“It has been a perfect day” says Luke
Somerset wicket-keeper Luke Ronchi equalled a Club record when he claimed seven catches during Hampshire’s first innings at the County Ground today (Wednesday).
At the end of the day the 34 year old New Zealander said he was totally unaware that he had equalled the record set by Rob Turner back in 2001, until he heard it announced over the public address system while he was out in the middle.
Afterwards Luke said: “ I have never claimed seven catches behind the wicket in an innings before. I think my previous best was six with a stumping. It was a good day from a personal point of view with me getting the chances, but generally it was a good day for everyone involved.”
Regarding this being his first home LV= County Championship match Luke said: “Its not bad is it? That’s the way that you would want it to go! It’s good to have a start at home after last week’s performance not being as good as we would have liked, so its good to start off this game the way that we would have wanted.”
Talking about the turning point of the game in the afternoon session when Jim Allenby took three wickets (all caught by Luke in the space of six balls) he said: “In that little period they actually got the ball to swing a little bit more and we were bowling in the right spots from both ends for an extended period and that created the chances for us. We made the most of it and we finished it off quite well.
“After winning the toss we didn’t want to be in the position we were in at lunch so we had to think about the roles and what players needed to do and we did that well after lunch and that showed. We started getting wickets and that came with building pressure, which is how four day cricket works.”
Talking about Jamie Overton’s hand in the game, starting with his direct hit run out and then four wickets Luke said: “That run out was pretty cool and from there we thought we might be in with a shout of getting a few more early wickets but we didn’t.
“Then Jamie came back on to bowl and had some good shape and pace as well which was really good to see.”
Talking about the unbroken opening partnership of 147 between Tom Abell and Marcus Trescothick, the ‘keeper said: “You cant fault it and it’s what you want to see after bowling a side out for that sort of score and you have a session to bat. You want to be as few down as possible to get through without losing a wicket. They are both looking good. It’s been a good start and a perfect day.”
Looking ahead Luke said: “We will be looking to get as many as we can tomorrow and then put them under as much pressure as possible.”