Ervine has fun slaying Foxes

Sean Ervine savours the moment after reaching his century against Leicestershire Foxes
Sean Ervine savours the moment after reaching his century against Leicestershire Foxes
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SEAN ERVINE took stock of his stunning 136 in the Royals’ CB40 win over Leicestershire and admitted: That was fun.

The Zimbabwean delighted the crowd at the Rose Bowl with the stunning knock, which saw 14 boundaries in all – including three huge sixes.

And the all-rounder is hoping his match-winning score will signal a welcome return to form with the bat.

‘It was good fun out there,’ he said.

‘Once I got past the hundred, the floodgates opened and I had licence to push on and gather some momentum.

‘It was a convincing win and the boys put a really good team performance in, especially in the field. It was outstanding.’

The 28-year-old added that his 163-run partnership with South African batsman Neil McKenzie was a key factor in the 53-run triumph over the Foxes.

‘The first three or four overs from the spinners didn’t really turn much but then all of a sudden they started turning a bit,’ he confirmed.

‘That made it quite hard and obviously facing one left-armer and one right-armer, myself and Macca (McKenzie) tried to rotate it as much as we could.

‘I tried to face the left-armer as much as possible and Macca tried to take on the right-armer.

‘We looked to work it around and get as many singles as possible, just to keep rotating.’

Although the result itself should ultimately prove irrelevant – Hampshire have won just three times in the 40-over competition this summer – Ervine believes yesterday’s knock could transform his season.

And that in turn may be crucial to the Royals’ chances of success this campaign, with huge County Championship and t20 matches coming up in the next week.

‘I’ve under-achieved with the bat this season,’ he admitted.

‘If you ask most of the guys here they’ll all say the same – we’ve massively under-achieved as a batting group and haven’t got enough runs in all formats of the game – t20 maybe being the exception.

‘Other than that we’ve played poorly in the other two competitions but there’s still room for improvement and that’s what it’s all about.

‘There are definitely signs that I’m returning to form.

‘I’m working on a few things and it’s paying off.

‘I’m not looking for the ball as much and just waiting for it a little bit longer.

‘Forty overs is a long time – 20 overs is a long time nowadays – so for me it’s just a matter getting in and staying there.

‘I’ll always generally score quicker than balls faced so if I can face 30 overs I’ll be close to a hundred more often than not.’