An emotional day in a lot of ways. Not only was Graham Onions back on the competitive field for the first time in 14 months. He took 5 for 53, nice, as he seems to have come back where he left off; taking plenty of wickets.
But it also saw our whole attack looking like the attack of old, the attack of Championship winning form. Demolishing Yorkshire for 149 in 60 overs. After us not getting any bowling points in this fixture this time last year it was just the best to see the attack back to how we know it can be. I wish had been there.
I was one of those who would have liked to have seen Tremlett in our starting line up. Despite being in division 2, he had a fantastic season with Surrey, and has always bowled well for England. So along with his call-up I’m thrilled that he got a 5fer in the Perth match. And 8 for the match, none of those wickets were tail enders. A fine start.
And what will really make me smile is if Iain gets plenty of 5 and 10 wicket hauls this season. He is playing for Middlesex, and I wish him well. If you can’t follow his cricketing splendour on the field, you can follow his progress instead on Twitter @iainobrien and also on his excellent blog.
When I got this tweet I knew I would need to post it up at some stage. And Indeed Iain is now getting the wickets in, with 7 wickets in the first innings of the Middlesex v Gloucestershire match at Lords. So yes I’m smiling now.
I’ll also put in a mention for Danny Evens, who progressed from the Durham Academy to Middlesex, and who is fit again and taking some wickets too.
I’ve not really rated Steven Finn, having seen him toil away for many an hour with the Middle. For his time on the field he just did not get many 5 wicket hauls. It seems that this season he is out to prove me wrong!
It is day 2 of the Worcester v Middlesex match and he has taken 9 for 37 and 14 for 106 for the match. A bowler that England has not managed to knacker and now the stuff of legend!!
Steve Finn has taken the first 5 wicket hall of the season, for Middlesex at New Road. Hurrah!
Middlesex bowler Tim Murtagh, stood out in the MCC side as being the most able to cope with the Durham onslaught. Tim top scored with a mighty 55 not out.
In the MCC match the colours were reversed to those in this picture – Tim wearing white and the ball being pink!