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The Rory Burns column: losing wickets, Leigh Halfpenny & Jenga

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THE way we played on Friday, we deserved to lose.

I know it is easy to say from the side of the pitch, holding the drinks bottles, but we didn't bat well, and didn't bowl particularly well either, unlike in recent T20 games.

Although to be fair, having batted first, we didn't have a lot to bowl at.

We were about 20 or 30 runs short of a competitive total against Hampshire but the main problem is that we keep losing wickets in clusters.

We just aren't making the most of our time with the bat but that can happen in Twenty20 cricket.

Having said that, I still think we are good enough to qualify for the T20 quarter-finals; I think two wins from three games should do it.

We have the talent in the squad and I know the team will be working hard to put right what was wrong against Hampshire.

I did a little bit of fielding against Hampshire but the highlight of the game for me was meeting Wales and Cardiff Blues rugby player Leigh Halfpenny at the Kia Oval.

We are represented by the same agency but it was great to meet him, I do love rugby, and he seemed like a really good lad.

This week I've been playing for the seconds in Somerset. We had a one-day game and then a three-day game.

We lost the one day game; I got 12, I was maybe a bit rusty, but after gaining a reputation as the non-wicketkeeping wicketkeeper, I was pleased to have some time behind the stumps.

I stumped a couple of batsmen, so it was enjoyable.

When I was younger I used to fancy myself as a spin bowler and it was only by chance, and a bit of bullying that I ever took up wicketkeeping.

There was a boy in my team who was a good spin bowler and was involved in the England set-up, so it was suggested I try wicketkeeping instead.

As we are in Somerset for most of the week. we are staying in a hotel and it is rock'n'roll in the Surrey rooms.

The highlight would be the intense and competitive game of Jenga I had with Tom Jewell and Matt Dunn. I am definitely the Jenga king.

The Rory Burns column: losing wickets, Leigh Halfpenny & Jenga


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