Eddie Byrom reflects on sparkling innings

Eddie Byrom was a very happy young man after being named as Man of the Match for an unbeaten 54 on Vitality Blast debut against Surrey.

Up until this match Eddie had been thought of very much as a red ball player, but after this evening all of that will now change.

During his innings the 22-year-old left hander hit an unbeaten 54 off 19 balls with four 6s in a whirlwind innings that delighted everyone among the maximum crowd – including his father from Zimbabwe.

Eddie talked about how he has been working towards this match.

“I have been practicing T20 in the Second XI and I know that we normally play on flat pitches at the Cooper Associates County Ground. To get into the team you have to show that you go at a decent strike rate, which is what I have been working on and today was just the same thing really. Being in the first team there were a lot more people watching”

How did he feel when he walked to the wicket?

“We set a good platform and had a lot of wickets in hand so I had to go out there and be positive. It was my day today.”

Was tonight his best One Day innings?

“I don’t think I have ever played better and it was very special. It was the first time that I have walked out in front of a home crowd as big as that so to hear all the noise was something different.”

“What a feeling to be out there and to hit the winning runs as well was so special.”

“I have made my debut in the Championship and sometimes people pigeon hole you into certain formats, so T20 is something that I haven’t had the opportunity to play until now so it was amazing to get the chance and take it.

“You have to dominate the level below to go to the one above, so I have been scoring runs in the Second XI and got my chance today with the unfortunate injury to Lewis Gregory.

“When the whole crowd cheer and shout at once it is just amazing to be out there and to be there in the middle. This was my first game under lights and one I won’t be forgetting quickly. I loved it out there and I want some more now.”

Looking ahead Eddie said: “Hopefully I will be in the team against Middlesex and I am looking forward to playing against AB de Villiers who is someone I grew up watching a lot when I was younger.”

Eddie added: “My Dad was here tonight to watch me which made it even more special.”

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