Essex's Quinn pleased to pick up wickets after long wait
PUBLISHED: 10:30 21 June 2018
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Essex bowler Matt Quinn was pleased to get back among the wickets against Nottinghamshire on day one of their County Championship Divisoin One encounter at Chelmsford.
New Zealander Quinn took 2-42 on his return to action after more than a year out as the visitors reached 311-6 thanks largely to Ross Taylor’s 146.
And he said: “I think that is the longest I’ve been between wickets. It’s over a year, so it’s great to be back on the park and getting a few wickets early on.
“It’s been quite tough, obviously, missing out for so long and watching a lot of cricket. But it’s all over now and I’m back playing again.
“I was quite nervous with the new ball, just making sure I got the ball down there and relatively in the right areas. But I’m very pleased to be back in the mix now.
“I’ve had a good stint with the second team, and it’s given me a good opportunity to get myself back to fitness. Like I said, to Mags [head coach Antony McGrath], I wouldn’t put myself up for selection if I didn’t think I was ready to play.
“I feel I ticked all the boxes in pre-season, and with the second team so far this season, so I’ve given myself the best chance to be in good form for the first team.”
Of fellow New Zealander Taylor’s 146, Quinn added: “Ross batted very well. The wicket offered a little bit early on with the new ball. But as time went by there was still swing there, but the wicket flatten out and didn’t offer as much nibble.
“We bowled our best balls to him and he saw them out. But overall we’re pretty happy with how it went out there after a pretty hot day in the sun.”