Gurney won’t grum­ble if no Eng­land re­call

The Cricket Paper - - NEWS - By Richard Edwards

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

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