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"This is what dreams are made of"

"This is what dreams are made of"

After bowling Lancashire to a final day win, Jack Morley and Tom Hartley look back over a proud few days

Young left-arm spinner Jack Morley reflected on a 'dream' start to First-Class cricket after taking a four-fer to help Lancashire overcome Derbyshire at Liverpool CC.

The 19-year-old took 4/62 off 30 overs and added the crucial first innings wicket of Harvey Hosein to complete an impressive debut performance.

He also produced arguably the ball of the day, getting one to turn and knock over Matt Critchley's off stump during a spell of six wickets in ten overs for the spin pairing.

"This is what dreams are made of and just to be out there with the lads made it a great debut," he said.

"The conditions were in our favour and I was a little nervous at the start of the day but I tried to just keep bowling my best ball and doing what I do best.

"I found out on the morning of the game that I'd be playing and it was surreal because I classed it as a bonus to be playing.

"But I was ready and you always have to be ready to go and I've played a lot of 2nd XI cricket with these lads so there wasn't too many nerves flying around in the dressing room. They are all top lads. "


Hartley, meanwhile, was a relative veteran of the attack with four First-Class games under his belt heading into Day One of this fixture.

He finished with 3/79 off an incredible 37 overs, including no fewer than 15 maidens, and continues to grow into his role as a spinning all-rounder.

The pair have played a lot of Second XI cricket together and are good mates away from the field - something which he feels helped them during their mammoth afternoon of bowling.

"We have been playing in the 2nd XI together for quite a long time and we are good mates off the field so it is great when we see each other do well," Hartley said.

"We are always talking with each other at the end of the over and I think it focuses our minds because if I don't do something he'll pick it up and vice versa.

"When we got on that roll in the afternoon we thought we would just carry on but Connors and McKiernen dug in and when it gets into the last half hour people start getting a bit annoyed with each other and the tension starts to rise so Danny Lamb did really well to get that last wicket.

"It feels amazing. We would have liked to have won it a bit earlier but it makes it that much sweeter when you win towards the end of play.

"I feel like I've come on a lot since my first game and today I felt like I used that experience from the last couple of games."

Watch the full interview below.

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