Kent to keep pol­icy of build­ing for fu­ture

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Cricket Athletes - By Alex Hoad

Kent skip­per James Tred­well in­sists the club are not writ­ing off their sea­son but says they ac­cept the pol­icy of pick­ing young­sters may mean they don’t win as many games as they would like. Kent opted to play Sam Billings, 22, and Matt Coles, 23, ahead of Geraint Jones, 36, and Mark Davies, 32, to kick off their Friends Life t20 cam­paign, but suf­fered home de­feats to Mid­dle­sex and Sur­rey.

Tred­well ad­mit­ted he felt “a lit­tle bit like I have the weight of the world on my shoul­ders” af­ter back-to-back losses but said they would per­se­vere with the pol­icy for Fri­day’s home game against Es­sex (7pm), the trip to Mid­dle­sex on Sun­day and Mon­day’s game at Es­sex.

He said: “We are a club in a bit of tran­si­tion. We have got some de­cent young crick­eters and want to try to progress them as best we can, as you’ve seen with the de­ci­sions over the last few weeks.

“The younger play­ers have shown they are pro­gress­ing. It may mean we don’t win as many games as we’d like but they are go­ing to get their chances and will put in per­for­mances.”

He added: “We’re try­ing to build some­thing here. There’s go­ing to be a lit­tle bit of in­ex­pe­ri­ence.

“Peo­ple are still learn­ing their games. We need to keep learn­ing from games like Sun­day, play­ing against the likes of Ricky Ponting – if they don’t learn from those peo­ple, that’s prob­a­bly more of a worry than not be­ing on the right side of the re­sult.

“Hope­fully, even over the course of this com­pe­ti­tion, we’ll see im­prove­ments and we will get some re­sults.

“If we keep get­ting into the po­si­tions that we are do­ing, hope­fully we’ll get over the line at some stage.”

The 31- year- old in­sisted: “You go into ev­ery game and try and win it but equally as a man­age­ment group, we have a sec­ondary eye on what’s go­ing on in the greater scheme of things.

“We’re ut­terly dis­ap­pointed to have lost the two games but we want to keep learn­ing and build, go­ing through this tour­na­ment and sub­se­quent sea­sons.

“We’ve got some tal­ent and they’re in the side be­cause we think they can win us games. We hope they’re sTAY­InG pos­I­TIVe: James Tred­well learn­ing but we want them to put in per­for­mances too.”

Tred­well hailed the vo­cal im­pact of Ver­non Phi­lan­der on the dress­ing room and hinted he might con­sider drop­ping Dar­ren Stevens down the or­der against Es­sex.

Kent re­turn to LV= County Cham­pi­onship Di­vi­sion 2 ac­tion at Glouces­ter on Wed­nes­day.

‘We’re try­ing to build

some­thing here. There’s go­ing to be a bit of in­ex­pe­ri­ence’

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