Dream Team

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Kevin Dean, the for­mer Derbyshire bowler, picks his top XI

1. Michael Di Venuto

Michael could square cut it harder than any­body and I don’t think he dropped any in the slips while at Derbyshire – he was a fan­tas­tic fielder. Michael is also a great bloke off the pitch and I am glad to see how well he is do­ing as a coach at Sur­rey. He was one of our best play­ers at the time, and a great pro.

2. Kim Bar­nett

A lot of my team is based on who was at Derbyshire when I ar­rived in 1996 be­cause there was not a bet­ter place for a young player to be. Kim is back at the club, which is great, and I have se­lected him be­cause he was a great player and had such im­pres­sive longevity.

3. Chris Adams

Chris was my room­mate when I ar­rived and we were good friends. I got to know him very well. When we played Aus­tralia in 1997, he is the only per­son I have ever known be given out lbw hav­ing hit it for four. He clipped a Shane Warne flip­per for four and Warne started claim­ing and the um­pire gave it!

4. Dean Jones

He was my first cap­tain at Derbyshire in 1996 and he had very for­ward-think­ing ideas on how to play the game, es­pe­cially in one-day cricket. He was cap­tain when we fin­ished sec­ond in the league. As you ex­pect, he was very brash and in your face – he got stuck into ev­ery­body but I quite liked it. He gave me an op­por­tu­nity, and was a great leader.

5. Matthew Cas­sar

Matt played at Derbyshire for a few years be­fore join­ing Northamp­ton­shire. I still play with Matt at Ock­brook & Bor­rowash. He had a cy­cling ac­ci­dent in March where he broke his col­lar­bone – but he still played Premier League cricket in Derbyshire last sea­son. He is a top bloke and a tal­ented player.

6. Wes Durston

It is not of­ten we got spin­ners at Derbyshire but Wes was among the best. He also plays at Ock­brook & Bor­rowash.Wes is one of the last gentle­men of the game and plays it in the old fash­ioned way – he spins the ball well, has great con­trol and ob­vi­ously scores a lot of runs.

7. Karl Krikken

He was one of the best keep­ers of the time, along with Jack Rus­sell. They had great hands in days when bat­ting mat­tered less. Karl was a key part of our side for so long. I think keep­ers work a lit­tle too much on their bat­ting. I think the true mark of a keeper is when they have to stand up be­hind the stumps and Karl took four stump­ings off me!

8. Do­minic Cork

We are go­ing for a seam at­tack and Do­minic is one of the best. I ran into the wind for him for years and to open the bowl­ing with him was fan­tas­tic – a tal­ented player and very charis­matic man.

9. Graeme Welch

Graeme was a very handy bats­man and a su­perb bowler – he would al­ways skip the bleep test but bowl all day for you. One of his best quotes was: “You can’t pull mus­cles you have not got.” Graeme was al­ways a threat when­ever he played.

10. Phil DeFre­itas

If Do­minic taught me how to bowl then Phil taught me how to bowl swing. He was a very good thinker and knew when to bowl which de­liv­er­ies and where to set his fields. He was a mas­sive in­flu­ence on me, es­pe­cially in help­ing me work out bats­man. He got an Eng­land re­call while at Derbyshire which was great for the club. He claims he was a lot quicker when he was older.

11. Devon Mal­colm

Si­mon Jones gets an hon­ourable men­tion and I was keen to put him in, but if I did not pick Devon then I would be do­ing him a dis­ser­vice. I wish I could have bowled as fast as him, he could bowl at the speed of light. I used to stand at mid-off and shine it for him, which was great. I never fielded it, but got to see it all up close.

PIC­TURES: Getty Im­ages

He­roes all: (L-R) Chris Adams, Wes Durston, Graeme Welch and Phil DeFre­itas

kevin dean For­mer Derbyshire left-arm pace­man

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