Bucks coach Harrison ‘will not set targets’ for new campaign
County side are focussing on making progress
JASON Harrison refused to talk targets on the eve of the new cricket season at Bucks.
Head coach Harrison’s fledgling side enjoyed an excellent 2015 campaign, leading the Championship’s Eastern Division at some stages before finishing second, therefore just missing out on the finals.
With most of the squad retained and a year’s experience behind them, Harrison could have been excused for pledging to go one better.
However, he believes focusing on the small picture, in other words the moment at hand is the real key to progress.
“In my opinion, when you put too many targets in people’s heads they are not focusing on their skills,” he said. “So it is about staying in the moment in every match.”
“All the statistics on these things suggest you play your best when you stay in the small picture and let the big picture take care of itself.”
Bucks have flourished since making a conscious decision to focus on youth a few years ago and the events of 2015 underlined their promise.
Harrison recognises building on that platform may not be straightforward, with the danger of ‘second season syndrome’ affecting young minds, so the plan is to keep things as simple as possible.
“The youngsters played well in the Championship last year and are a year older now, so the challenge for them is to repeat that,” he said.
“There is a danger of [second season syndrome] in all sports with people over-thinking things, so in our county we don’t muddle players with information which doesn’t need to be in their heads.”
As he was last year, Gerrard’s Cross all-rounder Dan Hampton will be key to progress on the field and Harrison says he will be one to watch, starting with Sunday’s one-day warm-up match against Oxfordshire at Wormsley.
“Dan is really our shock bowler and as a batsman he is a pretty rounded player,” added Harrison.
“He is composed and sure in defence and has a lot of shots in his locker.”
Among those joining Hampton in Sunday’s squad are his Gerrard’s Cross teammate Alexander Woodland and Chesham siblings Jason and Matt Rance.
‘Small picture’: Bucks head coach Jason Harrison