Twin-ton Newton sticking to his guns

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Rob Newton says that the circumstances behind his fourth day hundred against Derbyshire made it all the more satisfying.

Newton, who finished unbeaten on 119 as the County scraped their way to a draw against the divisional leaders, became the 11th player to score centuries in both innings of a game for the club.

And his unbroken partnership of 175 with David Sales, which came after the hosts had slumped to 37-4, ensured a demoralising defeat wouldn’t be the outcome.

He said: “Today, coming in and being 30-4 quite quickly and staring down the barrel for a bit, it was a great time for me and Jumble (David Sales) to have a 170 partnership and to score a hundred.

“I think first innings we lost a couple of quick ones and managed to steady the ship with Hally (Andrew Hall) and Midders (James Middlebrook) and that was pretty satisfying then to come in half and an hour before lunch and suddenly be four down against the top of the league side, it was very satisfying to bat all the way through.”

Despite the situation he found himself in, Newton reached three figures off only 130 deliveries and he believes that sticking to his way of playing is the right way to go.

He added: “I find it dangerous to change too much, I wasn’t going to be running down to the spinners as much as maybe I’d like to bit I still look to be pretty positive.

“Also we’ve managed to finish the game with 20 overs to go becuase we’ve got past their score so it’s important to keep the runs ticking over.”

As for the rest of the campaign, Newton is aiming to finish on a high by adding another couple of hundreds to his steadily increasing tally.

“We haven’t got as much to play for as we’d like which is a shame but every individual has their own goals and what they want to achieve and if I can go out and score another couple of hundreds I’d be absolutely thrilled,” he said.