Paceman Adam Finch was delighted to claim his first scalp for Worcestershire CCC today at senior level.
Finch’s breakthrough moment arrived with the new ball on the opening day of the Specsavers County Championship clash with Sussex at Kidderminster.
Sussex opener Will Beer pushed forward and could only nick a Finch delivery through to the safe hands of keeper Ben Cox.
It was the cue for Finch to receive plenty of congratulations from his team-mates on a day where four more wickets from Wayne Parnell helped to reduce Sussex to 185-6.
Finch, who shares the same Wordsley birthplace as County legend Don Kenyon, said: “It was really nice to get my first wicket and there were a lot of congratulations around. We are a tight knit group and really good mates so it was good to be able to celebrate with them.
“My sister and mum were here and it was pleasing to get the first wicket in front of them as well.”
The England Under-19 bowler is full of admiration for the performances being consistently produced by Parnell and delighted to be able to pick his brains and those of other members of the attack.
Finch said: “You can’t keep Parny out of the wickets. He is a brilliant bowler and a great guy to learn off as well., superb to have around the team.
“Every spell he bowls he seems to get a breakthrough which is a brilliant asset to have in the side.
“Obviously he is different to the other seamers with being a left armer and he is always someone you feel is going to get a wicket
“I ask all the other bowlers how they go about things, what they find works.
“Between them they have got a vast amount of experience and it would be wrong not to ask as many questions as I can and try and pick their brains.
“It is brilliant to have Leachy, Parny and Barny all out there. They’ve played a lot of county cricket between them.”
Worcestershire adapted effectively to Chester Road after the floods at Blackfinch New Road led to a change of venue.
Finch said: “We’ve gone okay today. It’s a shame the rain came in. It would have been nice to get the last session in and see what we could do but, overall, we are pleased with how it finished.
“Ben Brown has been playing really well for them and hopefully tomorrow we can get him out quickly.
“The plan in the morning will be to see if we can break the partnership (between Brown and Chris Jordan) quite swiftly and try and get the others out quite quickly as well.”
Finch added: “It is not an ideal situation at New Road (with the flooding) – but you literally can’t control the weather.
“A lot of the boys would have played club and Seconds cricket here and there is a lot of experience about what happens at Kidderminster, how it tends to play.”