Overdue century a boost for Hall

Andrew Hall acknowledges the applause for his century against Leicestershire
Andrew Hall acknowledges the applause for his century against Leicestershire
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Andrew Hall says that his century against Leicestershire has given him a welcome surge of confidence.

Hall’s 113, his first hundred since May 2011 and the 13th of his first-class career, rescued the County from the potentially sticky position of 63-4 in their first innings against Leicestershire in addition to seeing the all-rounder at something near to his best and he admitted that he is glad that he has a score under his belt.

He said: “For the last couple of weeks I’ve felt really good and every time I’ve come out of the nets it’s been a case of ‘my runs are just around the corner’ but it gets to you a bit.

“It’s nice to get a score and not have to worry about that and to do it from the position we were in makes it more satisfying.

“The wicket did a little bit but it was nothing ridiculous and being in a bit of trouble just focuses the mind a bit more.”

Even for someone with the experience that Hall has - 214 first-class appearances and counting - the boost that time at the crease and runs on the board makes can be immeasurable and he hopes that a similar effect will be felt by some of his colleagues who are going through a sticky patch.

He added: “The 50 that I got in the one-day game (against Notts) gave me some confidence and all of a sudden balls that you might not go at properly you’re going at fully.

“If you feel that you can do those sort of things and do them consistently then your confidence grows and grows and hopefully that kind of thing can spread to some of the other lads who aren’t far from getting a score.”