Career double was emotional moment

The 2010 season will, of course, be a memorable summer in my career as I turned 40 and achieved a rare statistical milestone in the game, but in many ways it has been a strange campaign for me so far.

I’ve only played in three of the first 11 County Championship matches because of selection policy but I have managed to get my 1,000th first-class victim for the Glamorgan. And while I have become surplus to requirements when it comes to four-day cricket, by contrast, I opened the bowling in Twenty20 cricket.

But it will be the 1,000-wicket landmark everyone has been talking to me about. People have asked me whether I think anyone else will achieve the 1,000-wicket, 10,000-run double in county cricket. It’s an interesting question.

Considering it took me until my 22nd season, and when I started there wasn’t such an emphasis on one-day cricket and Twenty20 cricket was just a twinkle in the England and Wales Cricket Board’s eye, it is going to be a hell of an achievement for someone else to do it to be honest.

You might have the odd player who will get close to getting 1,000 wickets. The obvious possible guy to do it would be James Harris. But if he gets an England career how much will Glamorgan see of him?

It is only going to get more challenging and it says something that the previous player to do the double was Peter Sainsbury back in 1972.

There is less cricket now and the way it is managed means more bowlers get rested. And analysing it, the work I’ve gone through to achieve it makes me feel like having a lie down!

It’s been a long road considering I always remember just managing to bag one wicket – Graham Thorpe – in my first six Championship appearances.

It meant a lot to me that I was able to seal the record at St Helen’s because the ground has been good to be over the years. It’s where I started playing as a nine-year-old and it was where I achieved my best match figures (14 for 169 against Warwickshire in 1992).

I had already got 1,000 first-class wickets in all cricket but to do it for Glamorgan was emotionally different for me. The first time I did it was away from home at Northampton where there weren’t as many Glamorgan supporters. There was also England wickets involved in that.

It was just great to do it in Swansea and have the feat toasted by the great Don Shepherd who came on to the field with some champagne.

The double is an achievement in its own right but his 2,000-plus wickets will be never emulated. I might not have been able to make much of an impact in the Championship, but I thoroughly enjoyed opening the bowling in Twenty20 even if Glamorgan’s inconsistent performances meant we came up short in our pursuit of a quarter-final spot.

The spinners are proving an asset in the shortest form of the game and can have a big impact at the start of the innings – I took a wicket in my opening over on six occasions during the Friends Provident t20.

In a funny way the slower bowler is at a big advantage at the start of an innings while the batsman has to adjust to the pitch. Long may it continue.

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