Jul 27 2011 By Jon Batham
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TIM MURTAGH paid tribute to his new-ball partners this week following his match-winning performance against former county Surrey.
Murtagh bagged 10 wickets in the match for just the second time in his career – a haul which took him to 50 Championship wickets in just eight matches this season.
However, rather than bask in the glory, ‘Dial M’ claimed a lot of the credit for his success lies with winter arrival Corey Collymore and England quick Steven Finn.
He said: “Picking up wickets early in the season boosted my confidence, but a lot of it is to do with bowlers creating pressure at the other end.
Corey rarely goes for more than two an over and has bowled beautifully in spells and had catches dropped.
So I’ve probably picked up wickets at the other end which he has really deserved.
And ‘Finny’ too when he has been around has made life easier for me.
One thing the Seaxes king of swing who turns 30 next week knows for sure is wickets have been more bowler-friendly this year, with teams up and down the country leaving more grass on the strip than previously.
“We are bowling on more juicy, fruity wickets this year so we should be bowling teams out twice in all fairness,” he said.
“I think people got bored of seeing four days where the bat totally dominated the ball.”
The one moment of alarm for Murtagh at Guildford came on the third afternoon when he pulled up short while chasing a ball in the outfield, but he confirmed it was nothing serious and he would be fit for tomorrow’s crunch game with Derbyshire at Lords.
“It was just cramp,” he said. “Finny and I both struggled with it at various points.
“We haven’t played much Championship cricket lately and it was my fault for not taking enough fluid on board.
“I went off had a quick stretch and it was fine.”
The game with Derbyshire presents the Lord’s tenants with another chance for a victory double, following their three-wicket success at the County Ground back in April – a game which Murtagh feels played a big part in kick-starting their promotion push.
He added: “It was a really good chase to get over 300 in the last innings and was probably the match that convinced me we could do something special this season.”
Prior to the Championship fixture, Neil Dexter’s men continue their search for success on two fronts in their CB40 clash with Derbyshire at Lord’s today (Thursday), starting at 3:40pm.