In-form Northants star Willey says there is still more to come

David Willey was in good form, with both bat and ball, in Northants' defeat of Essex
David Willey was in good form, with both bat and ball, in Northants' defeat of Essex
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David Willey has said that he isn’t entirely happy with the way he’s been bowling, despite playing a key role in the three-day thrashing of Essex.

The all-rounder recorded match figures of eight for 110 and weighed in with a quickfire 76 as the southerners were beaten by an innings and nine runs at the County Ground.

It continued a bright start to the campaign for both Willey and his employers who will go into this week’s clash with Gloucestershire in high spirits.

And he wants to see more of the same, saying: “We started well down in Cardiff and were a bit unfortunate with the rain and we played three good days’ cricket here and we have to continue that.

“I haven’t been completely happy with how the ball has been coming out, I’ve sprayed it a bit too much and been a bit expensive, but I’m getting enough in the right place and picking up a few wickets so I’m obviously happy about that.

“I don’t think I bowled as well (against Essex) as I can, but got a few in the right areas and got some reward. I can definitely bowl better and that’s what I’ll be looking to do.”

One feature of the County’s positive beginning has been the new-look four-strong seam attack, one which Willey thinks is effective becuase of the variation offered.

He added: “It’s been superb so far.

“We’ve got Trent (Copeland) who’s bowling a lot of overs for not many runs and Crooky bowling rockets at the other end.

“We all offer something different and it’s effective, especially at this time of year.”