In­no­va­tive Der­byshire show how to mix it with the big-hit­ters

The Cricket Paper - - NEWS - By Richard Ed­wards

DER­BYSHIRE have struck another blow for the have-nots of the county game by show­ing that money isn’t the be-all and en­dall – even in the mega-bucks world of mod­ern T20 cricket.

That’s the view of Kim Bar­nett, the county’s di­rec­tor of cricket, who struck an up­beat tone de­spite the county crash­ing out of the Blast at the quar­ter-fi­nal stage at home on Tues­day night.

John Wright’s side fell foul of a 43-ball ex­hi­bi­tion of bru­tal­ity from Shahid Afridi, who laid waste to the Der­byshire at­tack in an in­nings of 101, the fastest cen­tury in this sea­son’s com­pe­ti­tion. That set up a score of 249 for the vis­i­tors – a to­tal Der­byshire never looked like over­haul­ing. They even­tu­ally fell 101 runs short to miss out on a first ever Fi­nals Day.

That de­feat, though, can’t take away from what has been an oth­er­wise suc­cess­ful cam­paign for a county that up­set the odds

by fin­ish­ing se­cond in qual­i­fy­ing from the North Group on route to just a se­cond quar­ter-fi­nal in do­mes­tic T20 cricket.

That rep­re­sents a huge amount of progress un­der the county’s new lead­er­ship regime.

Lit­tle won­der that Bar­nett, although disappointed at their exit, saw more rea­sons to be cheer­ful than mourn­ful.

“I think we’ve shown what can be done with the right ap­proach, some­thing Northants showed last sea­son, too,” he told TCP.

“Up to the quar­ter-fi­nal point, we had beaten York­shire twice, once at Head­in­g­ley, which is no mean feat. We’ve got to be pos­i­tive about the fact that we got there but it is dis­ap­point­ing that we didn’t use that home ad­van­tage in the last eight.

“It’s a learn­ing curve and some­thing we can take into the fi­nal part of the sea­son and be­yond. We’ve al­ways known where we stand in the county game. Even when we were reg­u­larly reach­ing fi­nals in the Eight­ies and Nineties, we knew where we were be­cause of the fi­nances avail­able to us.

“This sea­son, I think, has shown that ev­ery­body can beat ev­ery­body else and that has made it in­ter­est­ing for ev­ery­one.”

Glam­or­gan backed that up on Wed­nes­day night by breez­ing into the last four at Le­ices­ter­shire’s ex­pense af­ter their blis­ter­ing form in qual­i­fy­ing.

Der­byshire, mean­while, stood out with an in­no­va­tive ap­proach that saw Wright brought in as their spe­cial­ist T20 coach, with the likes of Do­minic Cork work­ing along­side him with the short for­mat bowl­ing at­tack.

Both ap­point­ments in­spired the peren­nial un­der-achiev­ers in the Blast un­til ‘Boom Boom’ Afridi ru­ined the party. And Bar­nett sees their re­ten­tion as the key to fu­ture progress.

“We know where we are at the mo­ment. We’re quar­ter-fi­nal­ists and to take that ex­tra step we’ve got to im­prove that lit­tle bit more,” he added.

“I think if we can keep the same per­son­nel then that gives you that con­sis­tency to take you to the next level. That’s some­thing I’ll be fo­cus­ing on over the win­ter.

“We want to be able to build on what has hap­pened this year.”

Top re­cruit­ment: Kim Bar­nett

Spe­cial­ist: Do­minic Cork

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from UK

© PressReader. All rights reserved.