Jack Leach eventually reached the scorebook entry he had always wanted when the English spinners took control of the first test against Sri Lanka in Galle.
Leach ended with a tidy two for 41 of 18 overs of left-arm rotation in only his second Test when the Sri Lankans were hurled for 203.
But his personal highlight came when he removed No 8 Dilruwan Perera, caught by his old friend Jos Buttler.
Jack Leach (left) celebrates with Jos Buttler (right) – they first played together in the Under 11s
Leach & # 39; s second wicket of the day saw Buttler catch the catch to defeat Dilruwan Perera
I ran to him while he screamed: "caught, Buttler thrown, Leach", & # 39; he said. & # 39; Those were my exact words.
& # 39; To be there with him is something very special for me. We started playing together for the Under 11s – that would have been the first "caught Buttler-blown Leach". & # 39;
& # 39; I was upset when he had to leave Somerset. We always talked about playing together again – hopefully for England and hopefully for Somerset. I'm working on that! & # 39;
Since making his test debut in Christchurch in March, Leach – who had not called to the tour of India two years ago after being concerned about the legality of his action – a second cap was denied by some heavily timed injuries.
But he started an impeccable opening time of 12-2-17-1 by defeating the outside edge of Kusal Mendis with his first ball and caught Mendis at the age of twenty.
With fellow-spinners Moeen Ali and Adil Rashid, who entered six wickets between them, England established a powerful first-inning lead of 139 – which was expanded to 177 as Rory Burns and Keaton Jennings followed a tricky 12-way spell.
& # 39; It actually went as well as planned for us, & # 39; said Leach. We put as much pressure as possible on them, and what Joe [Root] asked of us, we did.
It is the first time that captured Buttler, vaulted Leach & # 39; on the international level in the scorebook
Leach kept it tight all day with his twist on the left arm while England 203 swelled
& # 39; I can not thank Mo and Rash enough for how relaxed they made me feel. It is a great group to be involved with. & # 39;
Meanwhile, Sri Lankan batting coach Thilan Samaraweera beat his team after their collapse.
& # 39; There are no demons in the field, & # 39; he said. & # 39; Our choices were very bad today.
& # 39; We did not do well: that is the bottom line. It is not a 200 pitch, because day two behaved very well. Five to six boys had very soft redundancies. & # 39;
The hosts were disappointed with their batting efforts and followed England with 177 runs up close