Fast bowler Chris Rushworth is determined to continue proving the doubters wrong after another sensational performance with the ball yesterday.
The Sunderland-born star collected a magical six-wicket haul as Durham pushed their superiority on day three at the Ageas Bowl.
It’s nice to prove people wrong but putting Durham in winning positions is my aim.Chris Rushworth
Rushworth cleaned up Hampshire on a difficult bowling pitch to move to 61 wickets for the season, having taken 6-39.
His form continues to go largely unnoticed outside of his own county, though it seems, with Rushworth yet to have any England recognition despite being among the country’s leading wicket-takers for the last three years.
He’s determined to just keep cashing in, however, and said modestly: “When things go right for you as a bowler you tend to pick up wickets.
“I’m feeling fit and strong and its coming out OK and I’m lucky enough to be picking up wickets. It’s very pleasing.
“I want to keep doing what I’m doing and hopefully wickets will come, I’m not setting any targets just wait to see what happens at the end of the year.
“It is always nice to take wickets. I’ve been labelled as a guy who only takes wickets at the Riverside so it’s nice to pick up five wicket hauls at grounds that are renowned for being flatter and more batsman friendly.
“It’s nice to prove people wrong but putting Durham in winning positions is my aim.
“We haven’t set any targets yet we’ll see how we go in the morning for a little bit and then push on from there.
“But it’s going to be tough work on there especially for the seamers and there will be plenty of work for the spinners.”
The two captains are likely to need to manufacture a result on a potentially intriguing final day as Durham lead by 175, closing on 61 for one.
Under beautiful blue skies, which contradicted Day Two’s grey, Michael Carberry failed to convert a fifty into three figures for the six time this season.
Hampshire’s leading Championship run scorer reached a timely half century on the second evening but fell an hour and a half into the morning for 73 – edging Ryan Pringle to first slip Paul Collingwood.
Will Smith, a former title-winning captain at Durham, haunted his former county and looked set for a first century of the season but Scott Borthwick nailed him on the pads 15 runs short of three figures.
Rushworth then ran through the Hampshire tail for his sixth five-for of the season. the home side ending on 307 to trail by 114 runs.
Durham had a tricky 22 overs to try and add quick runs but not lose too many wickets – Mark Stoneman reaching his 6000 First Class run in the process.
They lost debutant Graham Clark to a stunning reactive catch from Liam Dawson as teenager Mason Crane continued an impressive leg spin display.
The day belonged to Rushworth, however, and his old team-mate Smith paid tribute to the bowler.
“Rushworth is very very good,” he added. “He has incredible skill with his seam position and he doesn’t really bowl you a bad ball.”