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Bohannon reflects on breakthrough campaign

Bohannon reflects on breakthrough campaign

Lancashire all-rounder pleased with his progress

Josh Bohannon says that he will look back on 2018 as an important year in his own career.

The 21-year-old, a product of the Lancashire Academy, made his Red Rose debut in all three formats.

Bohannon featured in One Day and T20 cricket earlier in the summer, before making an impressive County Championship debut, scoring a half century at eventual champions Surrey.

The all-rounder also hit a memorable 78 not out against Worcestershire at Southport, to see Lancashire home to a nail-biting victory, following a gutsy partnership with Dane Vilas.

Bohannon capped off a promising first campaign by picking up the Breakthrough Player of the Year, at the Club’s End of Season Awards last month.

“I was absolutely delighted to have my performances recognised by winning the award,” he said. “It has been a great year for me personally and a big one for my career.

“It was really special to make my debut for Lancashire in all three formats. But the main one was to make my first appearance in four-day cricket and to be able to show that I can play in that format.

“I had a difficult start to the season as I came back and picked up a side strain that ruled me out for the first six weeks, but to come back from that and be given the opportunities that I have had was really pleasing.”

On his red ball debut at Surrey, Bohannon struck 52 in Lancashire’s first innings.

He followed that up with his maiden wicket, dismissing Surrey captain, and the County Championship’s leading run scorer, Rory Burns.

“It is a bit of a surreal feeling when you take your first wicket in first class cricket or hit your maiden fifty,” he explained.

“Thankfully I managed to do both in the same game.

“I will always remember the fifty, to do it at an international ground like the Oval was pleasing. I shared the moment with Tom Bailey, who I was batting with at the time, he came down the wicket to hug me – I didn’t really know how to react!

“I think that if you look back at my first wicket, you only need to watch my celebration to see how much it meant.

“The innings at Southport is a moment that really stands out, too. It was a massive game for us at the time and for myself and Dane [Vilas] - who played a brilliant knock himself - to stand up, take a bit of responsibility and make a contribution was huge.”

Following a season of breakthrough and progression, Bohannon insists that the next step for him will be to cement his place in the First Team at Emirates Old Trafford.

“I see 2019 as being an important year for me,” he added. “I think that there is definitely a bit of extra responsibility on me now.

“After speaking with Chappy and the coaching team, there is a lot more opportunity for me to try and take the role that Clarky has done so well in recent years – a fourth seamer and to bat at six or seven.

“Hopefully I can own that position and help to get the side back into Division One at the first time of asking.”

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