Stewart settles nerves with stellar debut

Tuesday 13th February 2018

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Stewart settles nerves with stellar debut

Kent’s newest recruit Grant Stewart introduced himself to one-day cricket with three wickets in a fine debut against Guyana on Saturday but admits to a few pre-match nerves.

The big Australian grabbed 3/17 in 8.1 overs in the FGS Plant Tour match including the scalp of former West Indies Test star Shivnarine Chanderpaul.

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Speaking ahead of Wednesday’s match against Jamaica, Stewart said: “I was pretty nervous leading up to the first ball. After the first few came out alright the nerves eased a little.

“I was hoping to play against USA last Thursday, but we decided to give it a couple extra days to make sure I was 100%.”

His compatriot Mitch Claydon was a calming influence ahead of his one-day debut on Saturday.

“It’s always great having Mitch around. He’s someone that brings a lot of value both on and off the field.

“He’s helped me massively over the years with my cricket and it was good having him there on Saturday for my debut. He pulled me aside before we went out to bowl for a quick chat, which helped calm the nerves.”

The 23-year-old is also enjoying the opportunity to work with two former Test bowlers in Antigua.

Kent’s new number nine said: “It has been quality being able to work with Allan Donald and Min Patel. They bring a great energy to the group and obviously a wealth of experience.

“I have been working on my bowling plans a lot. It’s been very helpful having the experience of Allan, Min and the senior players to learn from and getting a better understanding of what’s required in different match situations.

“On the batting front, I’ve been working with Min on a few different things when facing spin.”

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