Griffiths gains ‘full support’

David Griffiths during his time at Hampshire. Picture: Neil Marshall
David Griffiths during his time at Hampshire. Picture: Neil Marshall
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David Griffiths claims he did not receive full backing during his time at Hampshire.

The 29-year-old fast bowler left the Ageas Bowl in 2014 after coming through the ranks but endured an injury-hit eight-year spell at the club.

He took 105 wickets in 36 first-class games, and 27 wickets in 22 List A games but played just nine t20 matches for his former club.

But now the Spitfires clearly have more faith in his t20 skills and he is often used as their bowler at the death and is expected to do the same when he returns to his former club tonight.

Griffiths said: ‘When you’re stood at your mark preparing to run in and bowl, it’s a great feeling to know you’ve got the full support of your team, as well as the management, and their total belief in your ability. Not only to bowl, but to bowl well at the death.

‘That’s a belief I’ve never really had before and I’d like to think it’s making a difference to my game and my consistency levels in this format.’

Griffiths is a relative rookie in this format and tonight’s encounter will represent only his 18th t20 match.

Yet his excellent white-ball performances since joining Kent in 2014 have ensured his is one of the first names on the Spitfires’ team-sheet.

The Isle of Wight-born seamer knows he will be in for some extra special treatment from his former team-mates.

But Kent started with a victory themselves as they beat Sussex by seven runs at Canterbury last Friday.

And Griffiths believes the confidence is flying high in the ranks.

He said: ‘Winning against Sussex gave us a great start to the campaign because we showed to ourselves that we could perform under the pressure.

‘Mitch Claydon’s penultimate over was superb and gave me just a few more runs to play with in my final over of the night.

‘Sussex had made a very good start, their top four are all very good one-day players with the ability to take the game away from you.

‘They almost did that, but we pulled it back in the middle overs through ‘Tredders’ (James Tredwell), ‘Stevo’ (Darren Stevens) in the middle, and then Matt Coles, Mitch, and I, managed to finish the job.

‘Now we move on to Hampshire where I’ll be under the pump against some old mates, of course, but I’m really looking forward to it.’

Individually, bowlers Tredwell and Danny Briggs will be keen to take at least one wicket tonight as both sit on 99 t20 scalps.