Test debutant Will Somerville living the dream with New Zealand
Will Somerville claimed seven wickets on Test debut. @AFP

After watching from the sidelines as his team-mate Ajaz Patel pipped him to a Test debut in the series opener against Pakistan in Abu Dhabi, where the 30-year-old left-arm spinner bowled New Zealand to an epic four-run winWill Somerville on Friday got the opportunity to cherish the feeling of having contributed to a famous victory in his first match.

Somerville, at the age of 34, was handed a Test debut in the deciding match of the series and played a starring role with seven wickets as New Zealand thumped Pakistan by 123 runs in Abu Dhabi for their first away Test series win over Pakistan in 49 years.

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In his first international innings, Somerville made 12 off 99 balls in a dogged lower-order effort to help BJ Watling get the total past 250. He then captured figures of 36-8-75-4 with his offspin, followed by four off 34 balls in New Zealand’s second innings at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium.

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On Friday, the last day of the Abu Dhabi Test, the tall offspinner snared three wickets and was on a hat-trick after dismissing Haris Sohail and Asad Shafiq in successive deliveries. He was denied a fourth when Ross Taylor dropped a catch at slip moments before the win was completed, but Somerville – who was a late addition  to New Zealand’s squad after Todd Astle was ruled out with injury -had no regrets as he reflected on five amazing days as an international cricketer.

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“I was extremely emotional coming off the field,” Somerville told Blackcaps TV. “It was nice to contributing with bat and ball, it’s just amazing. It still feels like a dream, I’m still pinching myself. Incredibly proud to have won for the Black Caps, we’re a very happy dressing room obviously.”

Wellington-born Somerville moved to Sydney with this family at the age of nine and first played first-class cricket at 30. Four years later, he was handed a fairytale Test debut.

“I felt really ready to play, you never expect to do what I did though,” he said. “It’s a buzzy feeling when that dream becomes a reality, it’s amazing.”