Slater looks back on centuries ahead of Leicestershire clash

Tuesday 15th September 2015
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Written by Danny Painter

Ben Slater says the achievement of scoring two centuries in the match versus Leicestershire last year only sunk in when Billy Godleman repeated the feat against Kent this season.

In the final game of 2014, Slater became only the 16th Derbyshire player to score a hundred in both innings of a first-class match as his side defeated Leicestershire by 408 runs at Derby.

Leicestershire arrive at The 3aaa County Ground for the start of the final LV= County Championship fixture of the season on Tuesday 22 September and Slater has fine memories of last year’s clash.

“Last year was a good game for me personally with the two centuries back to back, it would be nice to get somewhere near that achievement this year,” said Slater.

“It was quite surreal and at the time I don’t think I quite realised what I had done, to score back to back hundreds and become the 16th Derbyshire player to do it is quite special.

“I think when Billy Godleman did it this year it made me realise what an achievement it is to stay out there for that long and to score that amount of runs. Looking back now, it is probably my biggest achievement in cricket to date.”

Slater was more satisfied with the first half of his season, rather than the second half, and is looking forward to putting in a good performance ahead of a winter of hard work.

“I finished last season strongly and started this season quite well, I think I performed well at times and scored a few runs.

“I dropped out of the side after a couple of bad games but got myself back in there with a few scores in the Second XI. The second half of the season has not been as good as I would have liked but there is still one game left and hopefully I can score a few runs against Leicestershire.

“We have had one or two bad results recently but with a week off I think the lads will be raring to go for the last one and we would like to finish on a high.”

Leicestershire arrive at The 3aaa County Ground on Tuesday 22 September for the start of the final LV= County Championship fixture of 2015. Supporters can save £4 by purchasing tickets in advance.


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