400-up for Tim

In our recent Specsavers County Championship match against Yorkshire, Tim Groenewald reached a personal milestone.

When he removed Gary Ballance, the 35-year-old claimed his 400th First Class wicket.

Looking back on his achievement, Tim said: “It was a really special moment for me. When I think back over the course of my career and think about how hard every wicket has been to get, that’s a lot of hard work! It’s definitely something I’m very proud of.

“I was stuck on 399 for what seemed like quite a long time, so there was a slight sense of relief when I got it out of the way. Funny things start to go through your head as a cricketer and one of those was that I might be stuck on 399 forever. Thankfully that wasn’t the case and then 401 came around quite soon after. Now it’s a case of setting new goals, refocusing and concentrating on the job that’s in front of you.”

Does Tim remember who his first First Class wicket was?

“Number one was Darren Lehmann when I was at Warwickshire,” he said. “I was called up very late on the morning of the game against Yorkshire at Edgbaston because Dougie Brown got injured. Yorkshire had a very strong side then and I got Darren out in about my second or third over. As first scalps go, I don’t think that’s too bad!

“It was a really good feeling to get that first wicket, but I don’t think you grasp the significance of it at the time. As a youngster you just play without fear, but the more you play the more you realise how privileged you are. When you’re young you just fly in, enjoy it and take things for granted a bit. Looking back now, 400 wickets later, you realise that it’s been a lot of time in the field and a lot of hard work.”

What does the rest of the season hold for Tim and the team?

“If you’d have said to me at the start of the year that in August we would have one trophy in the bank and be just a handful of points off top spot in the County Championship, I’d have probably snapped your hand off.

“I think the break from Championship cricket came at a good time for us. It’s allowed the guys to play a no fear style of cricket and to refocus. Hopefully we can hit the ground running when we get back in to red-ball cricket this weekend.”

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