Chris Rushworth: Durham bowler hopes wickets silence critics

Chris Rushworth
Chris Rushworth has taken 26 first-class wickets in 2014, almost half his 2013 tally of 54

Durham seamer Chris Rushworth hopes his four wickets in the first Championship win of the season against Lancashire will silence his social media critics.

The 27-year-old was abused on Twitterexternal-link after he conceded 16 runs in the over that resulted in a T20 Blast defeat by Worcestershire on 7 June.

However he played a key role in the Lancashire success, claiming the wicket of Simon Kerrigan to win it.

"It was nice to win and do well in the game," Rushworth told BBC Newcastle.

"Hopefully there's a few people quietening down on Twitter now."

With 26 first-class wickets, and 32 overall, this season, Sunderland-born Rushworth is almost half-way to matching his tally of 54 Championship victims in 2013.

"I feel I'm bowling as well as I have ever have done at the moment, especially with the red ball it has been coming out quite nice," he said.

"I haven't had the volume of wickets I took last year, but I think wickets will come if I carry on bowling as well as I am at the moment."

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