Clark rising to the challenge down under
Lancashire all-rounder Jordan Clark says he is rising to the challenge of playing in Australia after inspiring Newton & Chilwell to victory over Murgheboluc in their Division One tie by hitting a century.
He then went on to take 3-48 with the ball to continue his impressive start to the season down under.
Clark’s century came from 157 balls and included 18 fours, adding to the explosive 57 that he made on his debut against a strong St Josephs side in the last round of games.
The result leaves Newton & Chilwell top of Division One after winning all four matches so far, and Clark says that the club is feeling optimistic for the rest of the campaign.
“The confidence is high in the camp and it was good to take that in from the game against St Josephs.
“Although it was a very batsman-friendly track, it was still quite tough to score if the opposition were bowling well. Luckily the lads played their part and did well, and for us the wickets came in succession.
“From a personal point of view it was good to get runs and wickets, so I’m pretty happy.”
Despite starring with the ball, Clark admits he struggled to find his rhythm during his first spell and insists there’s a lot of improvements that need to be made to his game.
“I don’t normally struggle with no balls so it threw me off a bit”, he said. “I wasn’t happy with my first spell at all because the no-balls were an issue and were affecting me. I got the reverse going in the end - I was pleased - but there’s a lot of work to go still.”
Clark has adapted to life well down under and said that he is relishing the new challenge in his career.
“It’s really good. The wickets are good and you come across a lot of talented guys and a lot of them have been in the game for a long time with the experience, so it’s good to come and try and add my experience to the young lads because we have quite a young team.”
Newton & Chilwell have won the Division One title a record 20 times since the league began in the early 1900s, last winning it in 2000 after coming out on top over Geelong City.
Clark’s next game is when Newton & Chilwell face Lara in round five on the 19th and 26th November.