Ban­croft ban­ishes cen­tury demons

David Robin­son watches an Aus­tralian hit form with the bat, just a few months be­fore the Ashes

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Are­lieved Cameron Ban­croft de­scribed his first cen­tury for Glouces­ter­shire as “a mon­key off my back”. And no wonder. It came at the 29th at­tempt, the num­ber of Cham­pi­onship in­nings the tal­ented Aus­tralian had played in two spells with the county when reach­ing three fig­ures against Kent at the Bright­side Ground.

So, just for good mea­sure, Ban­croft de­cided to make it into a dou­ble hun­dred, helped in no small part by Matt Tay­lor, who con­trib­uted a ca­reer-best 36 to a last-wicket stand of 111 in Glouces­ter­shire’s first in­nings of 385.

Opener Ban­croft car­ried his bat for 206 not out, six short of a ca­reer-best, in his fi­nal ap­pear­ance be­fore re­turn­ing home.

This sum­mer the 24-year-old has stayed longer, but had a best of 69 not out against Sus­sex un­til fi­nally jus­ti­fy­ing his de­servedly glow­ing rep­u­ta­tion.

Ban­croft said: “I al­ways knew I had it in me to play this type of in­nings in Eng­land and it’s great to take some form into the new sea­son back in Aus­tralia.

“County cricket has proved tougher than I ex­pected and I have had to make some ad­just­ments to my game. At home the ball swings, but it doesn’t nip around off the seam as much.

“Play­ing fast bowl­ing on test­ing pitches is some­thing I wanted to get bet­ter at and I think that has been the case. I’m de­lighted to have posted a re­ally sig­nif­i­cant score and got that mon­key off my back.

“I cer­tainly hope to re­turn in the fu­ture. It has been a thor­oughly en­joy­able ex­pe­ri­ence for me.”

Ban­croft was full of praise for Tay­lor af­ter they had pro­duced a record last­wicket stand for Glouces­ter­shire in matches against Kent.

“How good was Matty?” he said. “Holy cow! He was bril­liant. We needed a part­ner­ship af­ter let­ting a strong po­si­tion slip and he bat­ted beau­ti­fully, show­ing guts and class.

“I wasn’t even think­ing about a dou­ble cen­tury when he came in and it was thanks to his sup­port that I got there.

“A lot of credit also has to go to Chris Dent. He played re­ally well and helped take the pres­sure off me.”

Two-ton ti­tan: Cameron Ban­croft hits out on his way to a dou­ble cen­tury

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