Nottinghamshire batsman Jake Libby is delighted to have marked his tour of South Africa with significant scores in the two matches he has played so far.

First, in an inter-club game, he scored a composed century and then, in a two-day match against Yorkshire which finished this afternoon, he registered 75 before retiring unbeaten.

Libby’s knock helped Notts to 195-5 on a rain-affected day where more than two hours were lost at the Witrand Cricket Field in Potchefstroom.

He shared an unbroken stand of 89 in the morning session with Chris Nash, who went for 31 shortly after lunch, while Tom Moores made 34.

“I’m very happy with how things have gone for me here, delighted, and the nice thing is that the things I have been working on over the winter are already coming to fruition,” said Libby.

“It’s been a wicket that’s been fairly slow, which has sometimes made it hard to get away, and the bowlers have also found it hard at times.

“The nice thing is that the things I have been working on over the winter are already coming to fruition.”

“It’s just nice as a batsman to get some time outdoors in the middle, which gives you a different perspective from being in the nets, where you can’t see where the ball is going.

“It was nice to bat with Nashy (Nash) because I haven’t spent that much time with him in a playing sense since he signed for us and it was also great to see Luke Fletcher get out there briefly to bat towards the end of the day after missing the back half of last season through injury.”

Meanwhile, Ross Taylor is expected to be fit for the first Test match between New Zealand and England, which starts on Thursday 22 March, as he continues his recovery from a thigh injury.

The right-hander, who has signed for Nottinghamshire for the first three months of the season as an overseas player, has been named in the 12-man Kiwi squad for the first of two Tests.

There is no place, however, for fellow Outlaw Ish Sodhi, with Todd Astle the only front-line spinner in the squad after injury ruled out Mitchell Santner.


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