YOUNG pace ace Dillon Pennington has revealed he wants to add consistency to his game when he reports back for winter training with his Worcestershire team-mates this month.
Pennington gave evidence of his undoubted potential after injuries to Joe Leach and Josh Tongue provided an initial opportunity which flourished to such an extent he ended up playing eight games in the Specsavers County Championship.
But the 19-year-old, who will undergo his first full winter programme at Blackfinch New Road and Malvern College, recognises he has to produce such quality on a more regular basis and will work on that aspect of his game during the next few months.
“When the few injuries happened at the start of the season, I was a bit nervous and thinking that my chance would probably come as I was doing alright in the Seconds,” he said.
“But after the first game, realising how challenging it was and how good the players are we were playing against, I didn’t quite expect to be still playing at the end of the season in red ball cricket.
“It was unbelievable I got the chance and opportunity to play that amount of games for Worcestershire at the start of a long career hopefully.”
His performances against Yorkshire in the win at Scarborough, when he troubled star New Zealand batsman Kane Williamson, and during the home clash with champions Surrey would have whetted the appetite of Worcestershire supporters.
“Scarborough was awesome, I’ve had highlights all through the summer and playing against Kane Williamson, who is an unbelievable batsman and being able to have a good contest with him, is something I’ve looked back on,” he said.
Pennington was one of the stars of England’s under 19 World Cup campaign last winter and the teenager said his performances in New Zealand gave him the confidence to break into the Pears side this summer.
“That tour and that whole winter gave me a lot of confidence to come back and to be able to try and hold my own in a professional environment in terms of my skill and start to learn that maybe I have got the skills to play at this standard which maybe I didn’t have before that trip,” he said.
“I’m so grateful I got the opportunity to go out there and it has helped me so much in pressure situations this summer and situations where you are a bit down and things aren’t going your way.
“You’ve just got to be patient, and let things comes and remember that actually not everything is going to be right every delivery and you are going to make mistakes,” he added