Results are more important than my bowling figures
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.
Sam Billings celebrates hitting
a century against Somerset