Ervine fit and ready to have a ball again

Sean Ervine, Hampshire
Sean Ervine, Hampshire
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Sean Ervine insists he is now fit enough to bowl again after recovering from his ankle injury.

The Zimbabwean damaged ankle ligaments in the pre-match warm-up ahead of the recent CB40 defeat to Surrey at Whitgift School.

As a result, Ervine missed the county’s first four Friends Life t20 victories.

But while he returned to the side as a batsman in the win at Gloucester on Friday, he would have been ready to bowl against Somerset yesterday had the weather not intervened and washed out the clash.

Ervine said: ‘The ankle feels all right.

‘Obviously, I’ve done a lot of work in the two-and-a-half weeks I’ve been away from the team.

‘I wasn’t too sure if me coming back into the team would be such a good thing, with the boys in winning form, but it was pleasing to get the win at Gloucester.

‘I was aiming for the four-day game against Worcestershire so I got back quicker than expected.

‘It’s just a pity the Somerset game was off because I feel fine and I was planning on bowling in that game.’

There was confusion during the win at Gloucester, with Ervine apparently set to come on to bowl, only for skipper Dominic Cork to be informed from the player himself that he wasn’t allowed.

After some frantic gestures from the middle to the bench, Ervine then put his sweater back on and returned to his fielding position, while Cork admitted afterwards that he had forgotten to check with the management.

Ervine said: ‘Corky asked me to bowl but it was agreed between myself, the physio and Giles White that I wouldn’t bowl at Gloucester so there was a bit of confusion.

‘But I would have been ready to bowl against Somerset so I’ll be ready for the next game at Glamorgan on Friday.’