Tom Cooper produces career best 5 for 76 to beat Warwickshire
Tom Cooper produced a career best five for 76 to help bowl Somerset to victory over Warwickshire on the last afternoon of the final match by 17 runs.
Prior to this game the part time bowler had sent down 47 overs this season and taken one wicket for 150. In his whole career Tom has taken first class wickets so what happened today?
“To be honest I don’t think I had to do much with that hole that there was in the wicket. I think the praise should go to Jack Leach who made it turn and spin off the good part of the wicket.
“After Keith Barker dug that hole for the off spinners it was just a case of firing it in there and hoping for the best.”
Tom also took the winning catch to remove Oliver Hannon- Dalby off Jack Leach about which he said: “I didn’t think it was going to get close to me for a second there but its nice to take that catch off Leachy and get 11 wickets for him in the match which is very well deserved and showing all the potential that he has got.”
Reflecting on his season overall Tom said: “My time here has been very enjoyable and its just a shame that I haven’t scored a few more runs. They are a great bunch of guys and there are a lot of positives going into the future.
“Obviously it hasn’t been a great year but it has been very enjoyable.”
Regarding his bowling today Tom said: “The conditions suited me and a few came out nicely and that’s always nice and its my first five wickets in first class cricket so you cant complain about that.”
Talking about the ball that bowled Ian Bell, who was the biggest threat to Somerset’s chances of winning the game, Tom said: “He had just hit me out of the ground. The new ball was quite slippery so I was just hoping that it would hit the wicket. I put a bit more on it and it bounced a bit and somehow it snuck through his legs and that’s all there is to it.”