Dawson: I’m happy to get my chance

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Liam Dawson offered further evidence that his bowling days are not behind him with his late show on day one against Leicestershire.

The 22-year-old has seen his opportunities with the ball become increasingly limited in recent times as he focuses on his batting, but his slow left-arm spin is still a useful weapon.

And his three wickets for 13 was a potential match-changer late in the day as Leicestershire stumbled from a comfortable 146 for two to 159 for six in their Championship clash at the Ageas Bowl.

Dawson said: ‘It was an honour to get three wickets.

‘I haven’t bowled much in the past three years but it’s good to be bowling again. Hopefully, it stands me in good stead for the summer.

‘The game has shifted. They (Leicestershire) looked like they would be going into the second day as favourites but then we got on top.

‘It’s all about momentum and, hopefully, we can take that on.

‘If we can bowl them out quickly on day two, it can make a big difference.

‘It was getting a bit frustrating. We didn’t get much luck and they played and missed at a few.

‘We bowled pretty well throughout the day – the seamers bowled well and I was lucky to come on and get a few wickets at the end.

‘We got some rewards at the end and we’ve ended up with them at 159 for six so it might have been our day.’

Dawson tends to bristle at questions over his lack of bowling, which would suggest it’s a decision that was not made by him.

And with Danny Briggs’ emergence, it’s perhaps no surprise that Dawson’s spin has taken a back seat in recent times.

But while he may not get the chance as often as he would like, if Dawson can take wickets regularly, he will surely get more of an opportunity.

‘It’s a seaming wicket but sometimes spinners come on and get a few,’ said Dawson.

‘There wasn’t much turn so you look for lbw and bowled.

‘We said in pre-season that we hunt as a pack and we bowl as a unit.

‘People will have their days but, luckily, this one was mine.

‘It was nice to get Sarwan, who is an international cricketer – that was a real pleasure.

‘I’m just happy to be bowling again.’

Dawson is also determined that Hampshire must build on the victory at Glamorgan last time out to erase the memories of their slow starts to recent seasons.

He said: ‘We all know that we haven’t started seasons well in the past few years, and after the win at Glamorgan, we need to perform in this game to build on it.

‘If we can keep them under 220, maybe we would be happy with that, but we will have to see.

‘Then we will be looking for a few partnerships when we bat and take things from there.’