Scotwatch - Scottish pair making waves at the Riverside
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Gavin Main announced himself to the County scene yesterday after making his debut for Durham in the LV = County Championship.
The 19 year old, who is a product of the Scottish youth system, claimed figures of 3-72, which included a brute of a delivery to york England’s limited overs captain, Stuart Broad.
His maiden first class wicket came when a back of a length delivery to Riki Wessels took the leading edge of his bat, for the Scotland U19 player to take an easy return catch.
The Scot ended his day with the wicket of Amjal Shazhad as Nottinghamshire finished the day on 377.
Main told The Chronicle, "Samit Patel was just smoking me about so I was wondering what I was going to do next.
“I was a bit disappointed after that. It used to be there would be no coming back from something like that, but that is something I have improved.”
When bowling to England's limited-overs captain, Main said, "The plan to Broad was to go short with a few, then bowl one full. I was really happy that came off.”
“It was only the back end of last year I started playing for the second team. “I became a bit stronger over the winter and that sort of pushed me on.
“It helped have been in and around the team for the last few weeks and I knew the blokes in it. “I played in pre-season in Kent and that helped with the bonding with the guys and also just seeing how guys like Onions and (Chris) Rushworth go about their business in four-day situations."
Ben Stokes also had encouraging words for the young Scot, " It was a tough start for him, but the second spell he came back really well. He had some of their lads jumping around."
“It was good to see a young lad like him bowling fast. I fully understand how nervous he was making his first class debut - I was petrified."
Craig Wright, who has seen Main develop through the Scotland ranks, said, "It is great to see Gavin progressing well and making the breakthrough into senior cricket. He put in a strong performance in the U19 World Cup and has carried that form forward into the season. He has worked incredibly hard over the past few years to develop all aspects of his game and is determined to make the most of his ability".
Main followed the footsteps of fellow Scot, Calum MacLeod, who led Durham to their first win of the Natwest Blast T20 with a stunning knock of 80* against Worcestershire.
All-rounder Rob Taylor was also in County Championship action for Leicestershire yesterday, scoring 11, as the Foxes were bundled out for 109 against Glamorgan.
Both players hail from Uddingston Cricket Club.