Dobb thrilled despite Test spill
Published: 28 May 2013
Billy Root, Adam Dobb and Adam Hose
MCC Young Cricketer Adam Dobb savoured the experience of being 12th man for England's win over New Zealand at Lord's - despite missing out on the chance to take the winning catch.
Dobb spent most of the Kiwis' second innings on the field, as Stuart Broad and James Anderson tore through the toursts' batting order on a pulsating Sunday afternoon, dismissing them for just 68.
And he was caught-up in the centre of the chaos as England secured the thumping 170-run victory, dropping a skied catch at fine-leg off number 11 Neil Wagner and inadvertantly setting up the run out which sealed the win.
The 20-year-old admitted he had no idea what was going on at the time though: "As soon as it hit my palm and splashed out I was gutted and didn’t know what to think.
"But then I heard the crowd gasp and then there was a pause and a cheer.
"I didn’t realise what was going on at all, but then I looked up and saw what had happened - it made the drop a little bit less disappointing!"
Walking through the Long Room after a Test win is something every cricketer dreams of
Dobb, alongside schoolfriend, fellow MCC Young Cricketer and the other 12th man on the field at the time, Billy Root, then had a cherished experience of leaving the field at Lord's as part of an England Test victory.
"It was a surreal moment," he added.
"Walking off and then through the Long Room after a Test win is something every cricketer dreams of and doing it at 12th man is as close as you can get to the real thing."