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7th May 2009

Plunkett: Partnership was crucial

“That partnership between me and Benks was pretty crucial, it was just nice to go out there and get a hit and last longer than normal so at the end of the day I’m happy.

“The partnership has to have brought them down, to keep bowling at the same batters trying to get a wicket, the bowlers get tired and hopefully the runs get easier.   The first target is 350 once we get out there on day two and get started again and hopefully bat for a while”, said Plunkett.

Plunkett, who recorded his highest Championship score of  74*against Somerset in 2005, is keen to beat his current record, which would require at least 10 run adding to his score on day 2. “It’s been there a while and it’s about time I got past it.  I want to get lots of wickets but to get those runs is good for me aswell, I want to make myself into a good allrounder.”

Dale Benkenstein scored his second successive Championship century and Plunkett thinks his experience is still important during these big innings, “He is awesome, he’s got a great cricket head on his shoulders.  He’s a nice guy and when you’re out there he helps you, giving me little things to think about, telling me to stand up straight for example, so he’s quality to have around.  You’ve got to look at how the good players go about getting runs and wickets and hopefully that rubs off on us.”