FORMER New Zealand international Jamie How is relaxed about the role envisaged for him at Kendal CC this season, although accepts there will be a high level of expectation.
The 32-year-old made a blistering start to his third spell at Shap Road, smashing a 112-ball 119 against Penrith – a knock which included seven sixes and 13 fours.
How – who has played 19 Test matches for the Black Caps – led the Northern League batting charts during his last spell with Kendal back in 2012.
And while quickly back in the groove, the right-hander is happy to take the early plaudits knowing full well tables can turn very quickly.
“As the overseas pro you’re expected to score runs and contribute every game so there’s always a level of pressure but that’s the job,” he said.
“The club look after you really well so I want to pay them back with performances on the field. It’s nice to do well and play well for the supporters.
“But there is pressure and there are nerves every time you go out to bat whether it’s club cricket or international cricket.
“I guess it’s a bit easier coming back into a team where you know most of the guys, understand your role in the team and generally know what the conditions are like over here.
“It’s a pleasing start but it’s not going to happen every week as that’s not the nature of the game.
“You hope and try your best but you have to enjoy the good days.”
Kendal appeared to be in the ascendancy for large parts of the Tynefield Park clash before a late blitz by Jonathon Osborne sealed victory for the Northern League newcomers.
Bidding to bounce back, Kendal face a league encounter with Preston at Shap Road on Saturday before travelling to Astley Bridge in the ECB National Club Championship on Sunday.
Ineligible to face the Bolton Combination side, How is keen to stride out and take guard once again at his spiritual home.
“It was the first game of the season against Penrith and there were a few sloppy things and a few things to tidy up,” he added.
“But at the same time there were a lot of good things as well and a lot of positives to take out the game. We’ll be looking to improve on a good-ish performance.
“Playing at home is always important and enjoyable and it’s nice to score runs out on your home pitch. I’m looking forward to Saturday and hopefully another good day.”