Jack reflects on match winning performance

Jack Leach returned to Specsavers County Championship action in spectacular style at the Cooper Associates County Ground this week.

The 27-year-old showed the Somerset supporters what they’ve been missing by taking a career best eight for 85 to help his beloved County to a 45 run victory over Essex, a result that keeps Somerset hot on the tail of leaders Surrey.

At the start of the final day Essex were 147 for one chasing 336 for victory and later they looked well placed at 256 for four.

However the left arm spinner, who bowled unchanged throughout the day from the River End, then claimed five of the last six wickets as Essex were bowled out for 290.

After the game Jack, who ended with match figures of 10 for 112, said: “It’s massive for me but fantastic for the team because we want to keep on getting wins on the board and to keep Surrey under pressure. It enables us to keep on challenging for the top spot.

“To get wickets like that is pleasing for me. It took a lot of patience because it didn’t just happen and I had to tell myself to keep on going and putting the ball in that area. Luckily I got my rewards.

“On Tuesday evening it was tough. Sometimes it happens here that the wicket stops doing much and I had to stay patient throughout that period. Then, when it’s cloudy and overcast, it sometimes even spins a little bit more and halfway through the first session it felt like it was going nicely for me. I came a bit wider on the crease and went into the stumps, which made it harder for the batters.”

Does this performance put Jack back onto the England radar?

“I’m not really thinking about that at the moment,” he said. “I’ve had a couple of injuries, a few setbacks and not played much cricket, so for me it’s just good to be back bowling lots of overs and contributing for Somerset.

“There’s still a lot of cricket to be played this season in the Championship and there’s still time for me to make an impact for Somerset.

“I believe that the challenges life throws at you makes days like these taste even sweeter. I try to learn from those challenges and make them work for me and make me a better player and stronger character. I feel like I’ve learnt about patience through injury and I think I’ve taken that into my performance on that wicket.

“There are a lot of crossovers and things in my life that have helped me with my cricket and vice versa, so it was very pleasing today.

“I’ve had some dark times definitely but there a lot of people here that I trust when I am going through those times. Sometimes you just have to ride them out and crack on after that.”

Jack added: “It really did feel good today because I had to work really hard for my wickets and stay really patient, which I did.”

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