Philander impact not rewarded with victory
Vernon Philander says he “couldn’t have asked for a better debut” personally for the Spitfires but would have chosen to have been on the winning team.
The South African overseas star had only been in the country for two days before unleashing a superb spell on his first appearance, against Middlesex. He took 4-8 from three overs in a rain-affected t20 clash against the Panthers – a match which Kent somehow lost after conceding 36 runs from the final 16 balls.
Philander said: “It felt pretty good but would have chosen to be on the winning side. I would have taken the personal performance but it was a team effort and we couldn’t cross the line.”
The 28-year-old all-rounder’s front foot slipped in the wet conditions on his first delivery and he admitted: “I got a bit of a fright. It was slippery the first one but after that, it went pretty well.
“I couldn’t have asked for a better start. I’d have loved to see the team across the line but unfortunately, it didn’t happen.
“We let ourselves down in the field. It’s not great not winning but it was a great first outing for me. I haven’t bowled in two-anda-half months so I’d have taken that.”
Philander said he’d spent a week bowling indoors in Cape Town before flying to the UK and after his spell, added: “Hopefully it will put me in good stead for the rest of the season.”
Despite the losing start to the campaign, the world’s No.2 ranked Test bowler claimed: “There’s no time to sulk. We have got to pick ourselves up pretty quickly, brush ourselves off and move on.”
Philander also revealed he was keen to pass his experience on to the younger bowlers at the club during his month-long stay, adding: “That’s the reason why I got signed, to work with the younger guys.”
DREAM DEBUT: Vernon Philander quickly into the groove. Inset, with his fourth ball, he bowls Paul Stirling