Lorne has mo­ment to savour at Lord’s

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Sport -

Kent County Cricket Club scorer Lorne Hart had the hon­our of ink­ing Jimmy An­der­son’s 500th Test wicket into the record books on Fri­day af­ter be­ing in­vited to score for Eng­land dur­ing last week’s Third In­vestec Test against the West Indies at Lord’s.

Lorne, who first started scor­ing cricket matches for his home-town club Whit­stable in 1995, has scored ev­ery Kent game since 2012 and can now add one Eng­land ‘cap’ to his per­sonal hon­ours’ list.

“It came as a shock when the ECB asked me to score the Lord’s Test,” said Lorne.

“I won­dered at first whether I should de­fer it for a year and travel with Kent for their cham­pi­onship match up to Durham, be­cause Ch­ester-le-Street is the only one of the 18 county head­quar­ters where I’ve never scored be­fore.

“But, hav­ing the chance to score an Eng­land Test at ‘The Home of Cricket’ isn’t the sort of thing you can turn down eas­ily, be­cause you never know whether the of­fer will ever come around again. “So, I soon said, ‘yes please’.” Lorne took over keep­ing the Kent score­book from Jack Fo­ley – who held the post for an as­ton­ish­ing 25 sea­sons and who also scored for Eng­land through­out the 1999 World Cup.

Lorne said: “I was sur­prised, but there were no butterflies ahead of the Test at all, re­ally.

“In fact, it ac­tu­ally felt eas­ier than scor­ing a Kent game be­cause you don’t have to rush out to the mid­dle for the toss, or worry about fill­ing out the team sheet or hav­ing to cal­cu­late the team’s over rates.

“So, as soon as the um­pires called play, away we went in the score­box and it soon felt like any other game.

“There’s a great sense of pride, though, be­cause, in terms of scor­ing, this is just about the big­gest hon­our you can be given. In sport, no mat­ter what the achieve­ment is, you want it to be at the high­est level of the game, so this was some­thing I’d al­ways aimed and hoped for.”

As for the mo­ment when An­der­son be­came the first Eng­land bowler to join the ‘500-wicket club’, Lorne added: “It’s what I was hop­ing for and ev­ery time Jimmy reached his bowl­ing mark at the start of his run-up I made sure I was ready and pay­ing full at­ten­tion.

“To be there for that, to score that mo­ment, was just amaz­ing.”

‘I was sur­prised, but there were no butterflies ahead of the Test at all, re­ally’

Pic­ture: Mark Pen­nell/MBP Sports Me­dia

Kent scorer Lorne Hart at Lord’s

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