Jack Leach looks back on dramatic last match
Jack Leach claimed his career best figures last week in our dramatic win over Warwickshire.
It was also the left arm spinner who took the wicket which earned Somerset the bonus point we needed to guarantee top flight survival.
Jack claimed a career best seven for 106 from 40 overs in Warwickshire’s first innings and then followed it up with four for 74 to give him match figures of 11 for 180.
Having had some time to reflect on last weeks drama the 24 year old said: “It’s a dream come true for me to take 11 wickets in a match and to do it in a winning cause makes it feel so much better. It was a really proud moment for me and my family as I grew up here in Taunton and watched Somerset play a lot. To be out there in the final game of the season doing the business was so special.
“There was a chance that we could still go down at the start of the game but the way we ended meant we were only six points off fourth place. It has been a tough season but we got a positive result in the last match and the boys were really happy, especially with it being Alfonso Thomas’ last game.
“There have been a lot of contributions from people throughout the season but in that spell of bowling I was in a partnership with Alfonso and he kept it tight and it just came off.”
Reflecting on his bowling in the final match Jack said: “I was in the rhythm and wasn’t thinking about it too much. I just bowled the ball into my areas and I was getting a bit of spin and managed to help take five wickets without a run added. It was up and down and after that it took a while to bowl them out and were relieved to get the points we needed. We always looked to win that game and end things on a high note.
“ I had a tough time at the start of the season but that has made the good times feel even better. That injury made me really focus on my cricket, not that I wasn’t before, but now I have got ambition and aim to go further. Now I am looking forward to the next few years and seeing where it can go.”
Jack is flying out to spend the winter in Australia later this week about which he said: “On Friday I am off to Perth and it sounds like a great opportunity for me to keep on developing my cricket in a different part of the world. It’s also a chance to experience a new place and meet new people and I am looking forward to playing more cricket.”
He added: “Tom Abell will be out there too as well as Justin Langer with the Western Australian team so I am really excited about going. “