Tred­well joins the 400 club with fine dis­play

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Kent Cricket - By Mark Stokes

James Tred­well ad­mits he’s not one for dwelling on achieve­ments but said he was pleased his 400th First-Class wicket was so piv­otal to Kent’s cham­pi­onship win at Derby last week.

Off-spin­ner Tred­well marked his first cham­pi­onship start of the sea­son by re­turn­ing match fig­ures of 6-134 from 42 overs as Kent over­hauled an 80-run deficit to se­cure a stun­ning-seven wicket vic­tory.

The two wick­ets Tred­well picked up in Der­byshire’s for­mi­da­ble first in­nings to­tal of 492 took him to 399 ca­reer vic­tims, and he did not have to wait long for No.400 as he bowled pre­vi­ously pro­lific home opener Ch­es­ney Hughes with just his sec­ond de­liv­ery af­ter be­ing thrown the ball for the sec­ond over by skip­per Sam North­east.

Tred­well, who fin­ished the Der­byshire sec­ond in­nings with fig­ures of 4-45, now has 778 wick­ets in all for­mats for Kent (from 551 matches), and 856 in to­tal when you in­clude his 78 in­ter­na­tional scalps.

He ad­mit­ted it was nice to get to the 400 mile­stone par­tic­u­larly as the de­liv­ery which ac­counted for Hughes was one of his bet­ter ones.

Tred­well, who has played 160 First-Class matches since his de­but in 2001, said: “I knew I was close to it (the 400 mark). I played for the MCC against York­shire pre-sea­son and knew I’d got up to 397 but then I wasn’t play­ing so I thought ‘Will I ever get there?’

“Thank­fully, I got a game and luck­ily put in a bit of a per­for­mance.

“These sort of things are great to have and look back on when you’ve fin­ished play­ing.

“They’re great to have and tick off but more im­por­tantly we won the game.

“The ball it­self was good one, it just drifted into mid­dle stump, gripped a bit and flicked the off bail.

“There was an­other one later on which turned be­tween bat and pad and bowled Shiv Thakor. They’re the sort of balls you dream of as a spin­ner but if you bowl on wick­ets like that, they can hap­pen.”

Of the think­ing be­hind his early in­tro­duc­tion to the at­tack, Tred­well added: “We had Adam Ball bowl­ing a lit­tle bit of lef­t­arm over which cre­ated some foot­marks for me to bowl into.”

Tred­well ad­mit­ted he was slightly dis­ap­pointed not to have fig­ured in Kent’s open­ing five cham­pi­onship games par­tic­u­larly af­ter tak­ing match fig­ures of 6-132 from 65 overs play­ing against York­shire for the MCC in the Cham­pion County Match in Abu Dhabi in March.

The 34-year-old also had to come to terms with the death of his fa­ther John in the open­ing weeks of the cam­paign but he says play­ing among friends in the Kent League at Folke­stone helped him keep his form and fo­cus.

He added: “Folke­stone did a hell of a lot for me when I was com­ing up through so to be able give some­thing back is great.

“Not only that, there are three or four young Kent prospects at the club, Jan Gray, Thomas Jones and Tom Davis, along with sev­eral other young­sters and mates I’ve grown up with.

“I al­ways en­joy go­ing back to play with them. It’s never a chore.”

‘These sort of things are great to have and look back on when you’ve fin­ished play­ing’

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