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Dobb thrilled despite Test spill Published: 28 May 2013

Billy Root, Adam Dobb and Adam Hose
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."

Dobb, alongside Root and the third YC in the England camp that week, Adam Hose, took their chance to absorb the atmosphere within team England.

Despite admitting to a few initial nerves when he joined up with the camp, Dobb had the advantage of another familiar face in the full squad, in the form of Billy's brother Joe.

"I knew Joe Root from school as well," said the all-rounder.

"Joe took me under his wing a bit and helped me out in terms of what I needed to do. That was a big help."

With the main event of the summer, the Investec Ashes series, visiting Lord's for the second Test in July, Dobb will be hoping he gets another chance to take part in a famous England win in 2013.

"I've got to keep working hard and hope that Mark Alleyne chooses me," he said.

"It would be amazing to do it again."

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