Re­sults are more im­por­tant than my bowl­ing fig­ures

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Pace­man Mitch Clay­don admits he never dwells over a seem­ingly bad day at the of­fice.

Not even his fig­ures of 1-96 in 10 overs – Clay­don’s most ex­pen­sive 10-over re­turn – in the Royal Lon­don One-Day Cup win over Som­er­set in Taun­ton last Thurs­day was go­ing to change the Aus­tralian’s out­look.

He said: “I’ve never been one to stew over per­sonal bowl­ing fig­ures. I cer­tainly haven’t beaten my­self up over my fig­ures against Som­er­set.

“I would have been happy to have gone for 150 as long as we won. That’s what counts, the team win­ning.”

But Clay­don said all the bowlers, on both sides, knew they were in for a tough day when they saw the Taun­ton wicket.

He said: “Nick (Som­er­set opener Nick Comp­ton) told me it was the best cricket wicket he’s seen and played on there. Seven hun­dred and 54 runs in a day would sug­gest he was spot on.

“There was no room for er­ror and you only have to look at all the bowl­ing fig­ures, not just mine, to see that.

“There was no short­age of ex­pe­ri­enced bowlers go­ing for over eight an over.” But how does Clay­don like to re­lax away from the pres­sure of bowl­ing at the death in a one-day game, like he did in the fi­nal over against Som­er­set to keep the home side at bay?

He said: “I spent a cou­ple of days on the couch just chill­ing. It’s great to be able to do that as there is not much time for a break dur­ing this com­pe­ti­tion.

“It’s play­ing havoc with my though!”

Clay­don was again the man in the spot­light on Tues­day, bowl­ing Kent’s fi­nal over dur­ing their tied match against Sur­rey at The Oval.

Need­ing 16 to win, Sur­rey bats­man Za­far Ansari hit two sixes and ran two from the first three balls to leave Sur­rey two runs from vic­tory.

How­ever, Clay­don (2-67) showed his met­tle by re­strict­ing Sur­rey to just one run from the fi­nal three balls as they closed on 314-9.

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