Bucks coach Har­ri­son ‘will not set tar­gets’ for new cam­paign

County side are fo­cussing on mak­ing progress

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - SPORT - by Jon Batham tms-sport@trin­i­tymir­ror.com

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

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