Ben Slater is hoping a three-figure score isn’t too far away after the opening batsman hit a career-best for Derbyshire on Day Two versus Gloucestershire yesterday.
In only his second Championship appearance of the season, the 22-year-old followed his 60 against Essex last week with 70 at Cheltenham as Derbyshire closed the second day on 216-2, trailing Gloucestershire by 140.
The Chesterfield-born batsman was pleased to play his part in a good day for Graeme Welch’s men and he is hoping that it isn’t long until he is celebrating his first century.
“I thought yesterday might be the day once I got myself in but it wasn’t meant to be,” said Slater. “Hopefully, it’s not that far around the corner.
“I took a while to get myself in but it is that kind of wicket. I don’t think it’s as good as the score suggests.
“Don’t get me wrong, it is good to bat on once you get in but it is tricky to get in – get used to the pace of the wicket and it is swinging a bit, especially with the new ball.
“Once I got through that, I raced away and unfortunately I couldn’t just get to three figures.
“I got 50 against India and 60 last week at Chesterfield and it’s nice to back that up with another score but just disappointing not to get that century. It might just be one of those things.”
Nevertheless, Slater has already done plenty to suggest he can hold on to the role at the top of the batting order for the rest of the season.
“I hope I can do enough to cement my place at the top of the order,” he added.
“I’ve played the last three games and not done too bad, so hopefully I can kick on from here and get a few more scores from now until the end of the year. The only way to stay in the team is to score runs.
“I feel like my game has come on a lot this year. I’ve not scored as many runs in the second team as I did last year but I feel like my game has come on a long way.
“I worked on a few things, made a few little adjustments and just feel like I’ve got a few more areas I can score this year. It’s just developing really.”
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