Patience pays off for releaved Wood

Chris Wood put his frustrating start to the season firmly behind him with four wickets on day one against Northamptonshire
Chris Wood put his frustrating start to the season firmly behind him with four wickets on day one against Northamptonshire
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Chris Wood revealed he has had to learn patience after a frustrating start to the campaign.

The 21-year-old has had precious little luck since the season began, with the bowler often finding his good performances going unrewarded in the wickets department.

But after picking up four for 52 on day one of Hampshire’s clash at Northamptonshire, the left-armer is hopeful things may have finally taken a turn for the better.

Wood explained: ‘I’ve been a bit frustrated so far this season.

‘But I was told that I’ve been bowling well, beating the bat a lot and the wickets would come.

‘Luckily, after tea yesterday. It went my way this time and I was pleased to get four wickets.

‘When things don’t go for you, you’ve just got to try to wait for it to happen.

‘I haven’t had to do that too much early on in my career – I’ve taken wickets quite regularly.

‘But these past couple of games it hasn’t happened for the first time and I’ve found it tough.

‘But I’ve had the backing from the guys and they told me I am doing my job for the team.

‘It was nice to pick up a few wickets but the ball didn’t do so much early on and then it started to swing a bit for me later on.

‘I also got a few out bowled, which is unusual for me.’

While bowling the home side out for 218 was a decent display, it could have been even better for Hampshire if they had held their chances in the field and then got to the close without the loss of three wickets.

‘We were close to a brilliant day and then lost a few wickets at the end,’ said Wood.

‘It’s not ideal to lose three wickets late on. But we’ve got Simon Katich there, who has got lots of international experience, and Liam Dawson is at the crease, too.

‘We were about six overs away from a brilliant day but I would say 218 is a par score.

‘I wouldn’t say it’s a bad score and I wouldn’t say it’s brilliant either.

‘We need to get close to that to be in control and will look to bat well.

‘It didn’t help that we dropped a few catches.

‘We did that in the first game but we’ve been good in the past couple of games.

‘It’s annoying, but even when chances are going down, you know you’ve got a chance of getting an edge in the next couple of balls.’

A perfect example of that was Sean Ervine hanging on to a David Sales edge – the very next delivery after putting down a simple chance.

Wood smiled: ‘Sean dropped one and then the next ball went to him and he caught it.

‘I haven’t seen that before where it goes to the same slip fielder off the same bowler on the very next ball.

‘But I think he was pretty relieved after dropping one that hit him in the chest the ball before!’