Corday happy to be bowling back the years
Terence Corday says it felt good to “come through for the team” after his integral role in Somerset's 46-run win over St George's in the Premier Division Twenty20 competition at Lord's last weekend.
The 46-year-old was brought into the bowling attack at a crucial stage and proved more than equal to the task as he claimed four for 18 with his medium pace — his best showing in the T20 format.
“At the time when the skipper [Jordan DeSilva] asked me to bowl St George's were going along pretty well and scoring pretty freely, so I knew my overs were going to be important,” Corday said. “I just tried to bowl in good areas with the pitch was doing a little bit and was I lucky that it came good.
“Credit to Jermel [Proctor] for taking a good catch off Tready [Treadwell Gibbons] and Amari [Ebbin] for two good stumpings.
“It felt good to come through for the team and help us keep the momentum going into next week's clash with St David's.”
DeSilva said Corday's spell swung the match in Somerset's favour.
“His overs changed the whole game,” DeSilva said. “Because of how well St George's started, I was struggling to find where I was going to get overs from. He did me a favour.”
Corday was called upon to bowl because of the injured Greg Maybury and unavailability of all-rounders Isaiah Richardson and Dalin Richardson.
“We were a little bit depleted,” DeSilva added. “Greg played injured and wasn't able to bowl, so when we named the team I told Terence that there was a good chance he was going to have to bowl. I told him to bowl the way he does when he plays in the Evening League for Tuff Dogs because he barely gets hit for them. To his credit that's what he did. He also took a very good catch early on.”
Corday's versatility has been a tremendous asset to the club.
“Last season I told Jordan I'd be happy to help out with coaching and filling in as needed,” Corday said.
“I ended up keeping wicket for the better part of the season as our young keeper was struggling with some injuries. This season I basically said the same thing and showed up to training to help out in whatever way the skipper and coach [Jeff Richardson] needed.
“I ended up keeping for the first couple games until Amari Ebbin was back on island and was happy to give up the gloves last week for him to make his debut.”
Corday's superb bowling helped restrict St George's to 150 for seven in reply to Somerset's total of 185 for three after electing to bat.
Somerset's formidable total owed much to opener Kamau Leverock, who hit an unbeaten 126 from 56 balls, his second straight century having stroked 119 in his team's previous outing against Willow Cuts.
“Kamau is just doing what we knew he was capable of,” DeSilva said. “He's just hitting the ball clean and I think the only chance he's given in the last two games was when he got out after getting the hundred against Willow Cuts.
“Credit to Chris [Douglas] as well because the last two weeks other people might have felt overshadowed batting with Kamau. But Chris has been playing his role well and we know it's only a matter of time before he comes good.”