SKIPPER TREDWELL ADMITS T20 FORM IS EMBARRASSING BUT CHIEF EXECUTIVE SAYS IT’S NOT ALL DOOM AND GLOOM
James Tredwell admitted his side are embarrassed about their dismal losing streak and insisted everyone is hurting.
Kent have won just one of their last 11 matches in all competitions and five of 21 domestic fixtures in total.
Monday’s 62-run defeat against Essex at Chelmsford was Kent’s fifth in as many Friends Life t20 games and the England spinner said the latest loss “felt like we’ve been trodden into the dirt.”
He said: “I’d hope everyone’s hurting, especially when you get to this scenario and you’ve lost a few on the bounce. You get to the stage where it’s slightly embarrassing, 62-runs is quite a big margin in t20 cricket and it’s not nice to come off the ground and feel like you’ve been trodden into the dirt.”
Tredwell revealed he and coach Jimmy Adams had tried getting tough with the players, as well as adopting a softer approach on occasions.
He said: “We’ve tried both but the team has just not performed. We can tell people off or give consolation where necessary. We’ve worked hard, we’ve just not done it and whatever the reason is, we need to search for that and pretty quickly.
“We’ve struggled. We’d need some pretty big slip-ups from other teams to get back in it. It’ll be difficult to qualify now.
“We’ve got a couple of weeks to regroup. We still want to win games in this tournament and learn from the games we play going forward.
“There will be sore heads but we want to turn it around when we come back to this competition and learn from what we’ve done badly.” He added: “Everyone’s disappointed. We’ve not done well in the t20 competition and we understand that but we’re going to a different format (with the start of the championship game at Gloucestershire yesterday). We’ll try and pick up.”
Kent Cricket chief executive Jamie Clifford admitted that results had been disappointing but he said the club remain positive for the second half of the summer.
Mr Clifford (pictured) said: “It’s easy to get into doom and gloom but the club is certainly not in that place. We remain positive and focused.
“We’re not going to lie down and accept things. The whole group is working hard. The players and the coaching staff retain our full support. You go through tough times in any sport and we are experiencing one. We don’t need crisis meetings or big summits. The coach and captain are working hard. We want to win every game but we have belief in them. They are looking to find solutions.
“We empower them to make the decisions and do not want to undermine their efforts.
“We want to give them space to make their decisions but not to isolate them completely. We’re always here as a sounding board.”
Coach Jimmy Adams defended Kent’s selection policy after Mark Davies and Mitch Claydon were left out in favour of Calum Haggett and Charlie Shreck for the Gloucestershire game which began yesterday.
Adams said: “We have picked the attack that we think will give us the best chance of winning the game. Some players have not been chosen but we would never close the door on any player. It’s good to have options.”