Mildenhall and Essex starlet Tymal Mills won’t be looking for excuses as he aims to fulfil his potential in what he feels is a defining season for himself.
The Yorkshire-born left arm seamer is set for another big step in his development this season as he looks to maintain his position among Essex’s attack in LV County Championship Division Two and help Mildenhall gain promotion from Marshall Hatchick Two Counties Division One.
And after conceding to not having the best of debut season last year with Essex despite making eight Championship appearances, claiming 14 wickets, the 20-year-old is determined to make more of his talents and opportunities.
“For me this feels like a defining season,” he said.
“Last year was my debut with Essex and I made a lot of excuses when things weren’t going right. I don’t want to do that this season, I want to prove myself and show I can be the best that I can be, it is definitely a big year for me.”
That determination will be put the test in the coming weeks after Mills found himself back among Essex’s second team following disappointing displays in their opening two matches, drawing with Gloucestershire before suffering a innings and nine run defeat to Northamptonshire leaving them bottom of the table.
However, he bounced back to fine form with Mildenhall on Saturday claiming five wickets as his side claimed an impressive nine wickets win over Ipswich.
And ahead of Mildenhall’s trip to Haverhill tomorrow (1pm) Mills is hopeful of continuing his form to help the club build a title challenge.
“It is great to play with Mildenhall. Hopefully when I’m available I can help the club get promoted because we probably should have been promoted in the last couple of seasons,” he added.
“I don’t think I’m a million miles away with Essex so hopefully I can settle down, find my rhythm and get up to scratch so I can play week in week out.”
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