Roelof van der Merwe and Jack Leach were the stand-out performers for Somerset in the recent dramatic Specsavers County Championship win over Durham.
Bowling in tandem the two slow left armers were a constant thorn in the visitors’ side and took 17 of the 20 Durham wickets to fall between them.
Now that the dust has settled on that stunning victory we caught up with the pair to get their thoughts on a match that will live long in the memory.
“It’s always nice to be able to make a contribution towards a Somerset victory,” said Roelof. “So many times the emotions go up and down in a game. To take those last two wickets like that meant so much, so I am very happy. We were out of the game a couple of times so to come back like we did and finish on top was an emotional roller coaster. Hopefully this is the start of better things to come in the red ball game for me.”
Jack said: “I just feel so pleased to have been able to play my part in helping us to win the match. Every win is so valuable with the table being so tight, so it just feels amazing. I knew I had to be on the money straight away on Saturday and that if I put the ball in the right area there was spin there and we would be in with a chance. I picked up a couple of wickets in the first over and after that it was just a case of staying calm, doing exactly the same thing and not getting too greedy.
“It certainly helped me to have Roelof bowling at the other end because it took the pressure off me slightly. I want to have a big input into helping to win games for Somerset. That is the aim and the more you do that, the more you feel you warrant your place in the team. For me it’s all about winning games for the county I used to dream about playing for.”
Jack also talked about how Chris Rogers had helped him. “Chris has been brilliant and puts a lot of faith in me,” he said. “He throws the ball to me pretty early on in the innings and that really gives me confidence, which is great. He is really good to work with.”