13th Dec, 2019

Tongue hits milestone

YOUNG pace ace Josh Tongue claimed his 100th first class wicket in Worcestershire’s Specsavers County Championship win over Durham at Blackfinch New Road.

The 21-year-old reached the personal milestone with his second victim in Durham’s second innings when he bowled Ned Eckersley.

It came in his 28th first class match and his 5-37 was his fifth five-wicket haul.

Tongue’s first victim was Steve Leach – brother of Worcestershire CCC captain Joe – in the opening match of the 2016 season against Oxford MCCU.

He picked up 47 Championship wickets in his first full campaign in 2017 and followed that up with 40 Division One wickets in 11 games last summer despite missing two and a half months with a foot injury.

Tongue said: “To get 100 wickets is good achievement for myself at the start of my third year but I try not to think about that too much and try and think about the game going forward.

“We bowl as a pack and if one person gets wickets, we always back them up so it’s all good.”

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