Last-over hero Adam Rouse: I was just trying to get bat on ball

Adam Rouse who hit Gloucestershire to a last-ball victory on his county debut

Adam Rouse who hit Gloucestershire to a last-ball victory on his county debut

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THE T20 Blast match against Kent was my first home game which was pretty exciting, writes Adam Rouse.

When I came in to bat we needed 65 at more than 10 an over with five wickets left so we were virtually down and out. It was a case of chancing our arm and luckily it came off.

When Jack Taylor came in we still needed 50 but he played his normal attacking game (19 off 10 balls) and got a few away which gave us some momentum.

When it came down to the last over we needed 12 to win. I wasn’t on strike but Tom (Smith) got a couple off the first ball and then a single.

I managed to hit the next two balls for four which took the pressure off a bit. It was then a case of trying to stay as calm as possible.

The next ball was a dot so with the scores level we knew we had to run no matter what on the final ball.

I was just trying to focus on getting bat on ball and luckily I managed to hit a four to win the game.

To get an opportunity to win the match and be able to take it was a fantastic feeling. Any time you are playing with a new set of guys it is nice to do something positive for the team.

I was playing club cricket in London for Spencer CC when Gloucestershire tried to contact me. I saw I had a missed call from Owen Dawkins and then had a few texts from Jack Taylor and David Payne – who I had played with in the England U17, U18 and U19s – telling me that Cam (Herring) had been injured and I needed to give Owen a ring.

I spent a lot of time with Surrey at the beginning of the season and when this came up it was a case of who was going to offer me a better chance of playing first class cricket and in the end it was a no-brainer to come to Gloucestershire.

I had been at Hampshire for the last few years and had watched their success from the sidelines, wanting to play every game.

This is an opportunity I didn’t see coming and I am just trying to enjoy my cricket and take each game as it comes.

Gloucestershire are next in NatWest T20 Blast action against Sussex at the Bristol County Ground on Friday (July 4).

It is the team’s last T20 at Bristol this season. They will be playing Surrey (July 18) and Essex (July 20) as part of the Cheltenham Festival.

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