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31st July 2009

Smith claims first century as Captain

“I’ve never really been disappointed with my form this year, it’s been a little bit patchy bit I’ve always felt that in the four day game I’ve been playing well.  I just keep getting 50 and kicking on at times but the runs I have got have always been at times where it’s been tougher for the team.  I was a bit annoyed not to see the day out today but I don’t think there was anything I could do with the ball I got. 

“To get runs against a good side like Sussex and get a good run in this competition is pleasing.  It has taken me a while to get that first hundred as captain but deep down I always knew it would come and hopefully I’ll get a few more now I’ve got that one”, Smith said.

“With the bowling attack we’ve got, the longer we bat the better, obviously the runs are important but when you occupy the crease runs will come along.  When you’ve got Michael Di Venuto playing as well as he did at the other end, it was just my job to make sure we built a partnership.  

“It was hard to score runs at times, which shows with our run rate, but to be only two down at the end of the day is important.  That’s the main thing, coming back tomorrow with plenty of batters left to contribute.  It was a very good day, all in all. 

“We’ll just keep batting tomorrow and if Michael is still there he will score naturally quickly, and Gordon Muchall, Dale Benkenstein, Ian Blackwell, Phil Mustard and Liam Plunkett all score quickly so I think we’ve set a good platform.  Their bowlers have bowled 90 odd overs today and they’ve got to come back and face a few more overs in the field so we’ll be looking to get as many as we can and look to bowl them out twice”, he added.