Ed reflects on Ashes glory

VI England v India

Somerset’s Ed Hossell played a major part as the England VI squad won the Blind Ashes in Australia recently.

We caught up with him today to look back on his record breaking exploits down under:

Did you in your wildest dreams imagine that the series would have gone so well for you?

No, not at all.  I could not have imagined how well the series went. I’m really proud that I contributed and the hard work I put in leading up to the series has paid off. 

After the disappointment of the 1st match being rained off it was vital for you to win match two wasn’t it?  You certainly played your part with a couple of wickets.

Absolutely. We were gutted that the first game was rained off, especially since it had been clear skies for the whole day leading up to the match. Although the one positive that came from the rain was it meant we were even more up for game two. I think that showed in our performance as we had them at 70 odd with 7 wickets down. 

England went 2 – 0 up in match three courtesy of a massive partnership of 294 between Matt Dean and Luke Sugg.  What was it like to be involved in a match with such an impressive display of batting?

It was amazing. That partnership and quality of batting was fantastic. We all know how well both Matt Dean and Luke Sugg can bat but the situation we were in, 2 down after the first over, meant that they had to produce something special and it was incredible to see and in a small way be a part of, as I ran for Deano. 

Match 4 saw you break the England bowling record with figures of 4 for 27.  Did you have any idea that you were on course for that record?

I was aware of the previous record because I played in the game when Justin Hollingsworth had India in all sorts of trouble and got 4 for 40 odd. Whilst I was in the game I wasn’t aware of it because all I wanted to do was win that game because it meant that we would win the Lord’s Taverners International Blind Cricket Trophy (Ashes). It was only after when someone came up to me and told me.

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Australia pulled one back in the next match was that frustrating?

The Lord’s Taverners International Blind Cricket Trophy (Ashes) Was only played over the 5 ODIs so by the time we played the 4th ODI (game 5) I think we didn’t play how we wanted to especially in the field, but some real positives came out of that game. We saw Mark Bond score a brilliant 78* and Jimmy Millard do a great job with the ball and running for 40 overs. Going into the 5th ODI (game 6) we knew how important it was to win the ODIs 4-1 so we really upped our game for the final ODI.

You then went on to break your own record by claiming 5 for 35.  How did that feel?

That was pretty special. That time I knew I had taken 5 and was the first Englishman to do so. This time I was helped out by some brilliant catches from Deano and Justin. 

What was the highlight for you?  Breaking those records or winning the Ashes?

The highlight was definitely winning the Ashes. Individual performances are great but walking away as an Ashes winner is a phenomenal feeling and to do it with the great squad we have makes it even better.

What next for Ed Hossell both Internationally and domestically?

Internationally we are now preparing for the potential of a T20 World Cup in India later this year in November/December. Domestically we have started our pre-season training and everyone is keen to improve on last year’s results. With the effort our squad is putting in I think we can look forward to some good performances. 

When can the fans see you back in a Somerset shirt?

Our season starts on the 23rd of April away against London Metro and our first home game is against Lancashire Lions on the 7th of May. These dates are not 100% as some dates may change.

Anyone interested in playing VI Cricket can contact Somerset’s Schools and Disability Development Officer Edgar Herridge on 01823 425329 or email edgar.herridge@somersetcricketboard.org