HE may have dispatched the visiting bowling attack to all parts of the ground en route to an unbeaten 150, but New Zealand professional Jamie How is not convinced it was his best knock in Kendal colours.
The 33-year-old clobbered 11 sixes and ten fours to record his highest score of the summer as the Shap Road club posted a mammoth 267-6 in their Readers Cup clash with Preston.
How has endured something of a lean streak in recent Northern League outings, scoring only four and 18 respectively in the club’s previous two fixtures with Fleetwood and Lancashire Colts.
Slipping behind Leyland’s Alex Ross, he no longer tops the division’s averages but his swashbuckling ton against Preston certainly represents a welcome return to form.
“It probably wasn’t my best Kendal innings to be fair,” he said.
“It’s obviously pleasing to get a hundred and it was a nice, satisfying innings but it was a sunny day and the pitch was reasonably good.
“I was dropped on the way but managed to slog a few at the end, I guess it was just one of those good days
“The 90 against Leyland was probably much harder fought in terms of the wicket and the stage of the game, and there have been others where the wicket and the game situation have been tougher.
“It’s been a while since getting a really big score and I’ve missed out the last couple of weeks so it’s pleasing to put a performance in and a score on the board.
“We had a bit of a rough day on Saturday against Lancaster so it was good to pay the supporters back.”
While his best Kendal innings remains a topic for discussion, How is in no doubt which occupation of the crease on English soil surpasses all others.
Back in 2008, he laid the foundations for a drawn Test Match between England and New Zealand at Lord’s, scoring a 190-ball 68 in the second innings before falling to Stuart Broad.
“I still remember walking out on the first morning to open the innings after we lost the toss,” How recalls. “I was with Aaron Redmond who was making his debut.
“Walking through the Long Room was pretty memorable and the whole experience of the ground and the history of the place were different to anything else.
“It would have been nice to have gone on during the second innings and get a bigger score than 68, perhaps score a hundred as it was my birthday then as well.
“I think there were other contributions more noteworthy than mine in the end, including the rain which may have saved us, but it was a great occasion to play a part in.”