Jack claims the only wicket to fall.
Left arm spinner Jack Leach bowled a marathon 34 overs as Hampshire batted for a second time and by the close of play on day three had taken one for 85.
After the close the 24 year old local boy said: “ It was a long day and we didn’t get as many wickets as we would have liked, but that’s cricket and they are allowed to play well, and we stuck at it.”
Regarding the wicket Jack said: “I think on that wicket we had to dry things up, be patient and look to bowl dot balls and string sessions like that together to create pressure and hopefully take a wicket that way.
“The wicket wasn’t offering anything to the seamers, but it was spinning for me so I am a bit disappointed to not take more wickets for the boys.”
Talking about his role in the side Jack said: “I want to try to be winning games and contribute towards that and I feel that is my responsibility. I bowled nicely and created a few half chances and had a couple of good LBW shouts. I feel that I am in the game but haven’t got the rewards.”
Looking towards the morning he said: “I imagine we will take the new ball first thing as it is starting to spin a bit less and the seam is pretty messed up so it might spin a bit more with a newer ball. The newer ball might also make it easier for me and I will be keen to bowl. There is a bit more spin from one of the ends than the other.”
During the Hampshire innings two chances were put down in the slips, both off Jamie Overton about which he said: “We definitely need to take our chances and we missed a couple. However nobody means to drop them and we are trying our best and will do the same tomorrow.
“Most of the time you would expect that as the wicket starts to get old it would spin more. It is spinning more in the footholds from where the seamers have bowled, but straight there is not too much spin which makes it more difficult, but we will keep plugging away.”
Jack added: “We saw in the first innings that once we got one or two Hampshire wickets they collapsed quite quickly so we will be hoping for that again, but we have got to stick at it until we get that breakthrough.”