I reckon that’s the best I can bowl – Kyle Abbott

by FariedaSeptember 23, 2019

Former South African fast bowler Kyle Abbott says his record-breaking achievements for Hampshire have “not sunk in yet” as he finished with figures of 17/86 against Somerset in a County Championship match at the Ageas Bowl, Southampton, on Wednesday.

Abbott followed his first-innings 9/40 with 8/46 as Somerset were 144 all out, chasing 281.

His match figures, which helped his team to a 136-run win, are the best by any Hampshire bowler-ever and the fourth best in Championship history going back to 1907.

“It hasn’t quite sunk in. It is pretty incredible. On Tuesday I didn’t think I’d take nine and I didn’t think I’d take eight today. I reckon that is the best I can bowl.

“Everything I wanted to do worked. It just happened to be one of those days – it was incredible. When it started to reverse it got quite fun.

“We knew we had to get into their middle order and put pressure on them as 280 was a long way off.

“At 86/0 we were just thinking if we get one of the openers and the captain that was the goal. They were under huge pressure, they are young guys searching for their first championship; we had nothing to lose.

“Would I prefer to finish third or spoil Somerset’s party? I wanted to spoil the party by a long way.

“They celebrated against us at the One-Day Cup final so we wanted to give them some hard work for next week against Essex.”

Abbott, who first played for Hampshire in 2014, signed a four-year deal with the club under the so-called Kolpak registration process.

At the time, in January 2017, he shocked South African cricket authorities, suggesting his decision was because he was not getting enough game-time for the Proteas.

The right-armer featured prominently for South Africa on the International stage since making his debut in 2013, taking 99 wickets in just 59 matches across all formats.

Source: https://www.thesouthafrican.com/sport/i-reckon-thats-the-best-i-can-bowl-kyle-abbott/

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