Plunkett lauds bowling effort
Liam Plunkett admits he was delighted to play his part as Durham all-but guaranteed a second successive County Championship title.
Last Updated: 11/09/09 9:59pm
Seamer Liam Plunkett admits he was delighted to play his part as Durham all but guaranteed a second successive LV County Championship title on Friday.
Plunkett starred on day three with figures of 6-85 to help dismiss Nottinghamshire for 384 in their first innings at The Riverside - a total that ensured the visitors would follow-on.
Notts were then reduced to 52-2 in their second innings and Plunkett insists he and his fellow Durham bowlers were in their element as they grabbed the bonus points needed to ensure they will remain champions come Saturday's conclusion.
"We didn't really feel any pressure going into today," he said.
"We knew there were two days left and we just had to bowl our line and length and hope we could grab the wickets we needed.
"We knew they have some talented batters in their own right and we just thought 'this is our pitch'.
"Our bowlers are a little different to theirs, and in the end we got them down to about 200 less than we made."
Plunkett was also pleased to have played his part in helping wrap-up the title after being 12th man for the winning side when Durham secured their first championship at Canterbury last season.
"Not getting picked for Durham is heart-breaking," the 24-year-old added.
"I've been here since I was 16 - so this year to play most of the games when I've been fit has been awesome.
"I hope we can wrap it up tomorrow - and being a part of that means so much to me."