Wood finds his rhythm again

Yasir Arafat. Picture: Neil Marshall
Yasir Arafat. Picture: Neil Marshall
Sarisbury are focused on improving their batting

Sarisbury focused on batting improvements

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Chris Wood rediscovered his missing rhythm as he steered Hampshire to victory.

The left-arm seamer picked up four wickets for 16 runs at a venue where he has often prospered in the past but revealed he has been struggling for form in the early part of the campaign.

Wood said: ‘It was about time, to be honest.

‘I have struggled a bit in the first two games so it was nice to be able to put in a match-winning performance for the boys.

‘I’ve been struggling for rhythm for the past five or six weeks

‘It’s a format that I love, I back myself and it was my night.

‘I didn’t actually know it was career best figures but I would like to get five at some point.

‘Now I’m on a hat-trick next time so hopefully I can get another wicket.

‘I just tried to do what Graham Wagg did because he was really hard to hit so I just tried to follow in his footsteps.

‘I love coming here and it suits my bowling. It’s slightly on the slower side so I can bring in my variations but it just seems to work every time I come here. Hopefully, that will continue.

‘It has always swung for me here so it’s just a good ground all round.’

Wood paid tribute to team-mate Sean Ervine who hit a vital 49 with the bat and felt it was the ideal response to last week’s defeat to Kent.

He said: ‘I think we played brilliant cricket last week for 75-per-cent of the game but we put it right in this game.

‘Slug (Ervine) played an unbelievable knock to get us to 148, which we thought was a bit under par.

‘But the wicket deteriorated and it was a lot slower than we thought.

‘I’m glad they won the toss because we didn’t have a clue what we were going to do on that.

‘But we managed to get a score somehow and defended it unbelievably well. It was a real team performance.’