Gurney won’t grumble if no England recall
HARRY Gurney has told The Cricket Paper that he’ll be surprised if an England recall comes his way – despite his T20 finals day heroics for newly crowned champions Nottinghamshire.
The left-armer was the right man at the right time for his county as Peter Moores’ men beat Hampshire and then Birmingham to seal the title in front of a packed and raucous Edgbaston crowd last Saturday.
Gurney turned the semifinal with a sensational over in which he claimed three wickets in four balls as the south coast side came up 23 runs short. He finished with figures of 3-19 as Notts breezed into the final and then followed that display up with 4-19 against Birmingham.
The 30-year-old hasn’t represented his country in short format cricket since December 2014 and although his performances on finals day were a timely reminder of his talents and the variations at his disposal, he’s not convinced that his name is still in the England frame.
“It’s always a great crowd, lots of people drinking, lots of people in fancy dress, which makes it quite an occasion by the time the final comes around,” says Gurney.
“At the start of that over against Hampshire the game was in the balance but by the end of it I guess we were almost there.
“At one point it looked as though we were struggling but then Steven Mullaney really turned things around with a couple of wickets.
“I hope those performances have reminded a few people of what I’m capable of but I’m not expecting to play for England again if I’m brutally honest.
“If the phone rings then I’d be delighted – I know that I’m a good bowler and I know that I’ve got some good skills.
“When I played before, particularly in the T20s I did well. I would love to play for England again but I’m not expecting it.”
With Notts nearing an unofficial treble – having already won the One-Day Cup and now closing in on the Division Two title – and with Gurney becoming a father for the first time in November, it’s shaping up to be a year to remember for a player who remains one of the country’s most consistent performers.
And he’s quick to pay credit to Peter Moores for helping turn around the county’s fortunes following their dismal showing in the Championship last season, with their relegation from Division One acting as a catalyst for a remarkable season at Trent Bridge.
“We sat down at the start of the season and said we felt capable of winning any of the competitions,” he says.
“Winning all three was probably beyond our wildest dreams outside of that meeting but we’ve pretty much done the hard part now.
“As far as the Championship is concerned, we really just wanted to make sure we were promoted back to Division One.
“Peter deserves a massive amount of credit. He gets so many tiny little details right. He has this infectious enthusiasm for the game – and that has really rubbed off on all of us.”
Match winner: Harry Gurney claimed seven wickets at Edgbaston