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Tahir: It was good to finish with a win

Friday 29th September 2017
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Written by Danny Painter

Imran Tahir says it was good for everyone to finish the season on a high after his 5-76 helped Derbyshire secure a 157-run victory over Gloucestershire at Bristol.

The 38-year-old inspired Derbyshire to a third Specsavers County Championship win on the final afternoon of the season and the prolific leg spinner praised the team performance.

He said: “We played really well throughout this game, Hughes and Madsen gave us a chance and batted really well on a good track. They started the game off for us and as a team we played really well so it was nice to get over the line.

“It’s really good for everyone to finish on a high and we can look forward to next season.

“It was turning but it was a slow deck and it was quite difficult for me. But I used the experience I have and tried my best to win the game for Derbyshire.”

He added: “That’s why I want to play this game as long as I can. If getting five wickets stops meaning something to me then I think I need to stop playing. Every wicket for me is special because I have to work so hard.”

Fellow spinner Matt Critchley took two wickets as the pair tore through Gloucestershire’s middle-order, showing promise that Tahir hopes will flourish in coming seasons.

He said: “He is a very talented guy and he has great potential. Hopefully he continues to get better and hopefully he takes plenty of wickets next year for Derbyshire.”

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