There are a few titbits of news around the game today.
First of all, the Nottingham Post reports that Nottinghamshire have offered a contract to Lancashire’s talented all-rounder Steve Mullaney. An aggressive batsman and seam bowler, Mullaney is in his mid-twenties and at an age where he needs to be playing regular first team cricket. Whether Lancashire can afford to let him go is debatable, especially as he’s scored a lot of runs in their Seconds this year. He’s a good player.
They also report that Nottinghamshire have yet to decide whether to offer another contract to Bilal Shafayat, so if the all rounder is a part of John Morris’ plans we should not expect something to happen sometime soon. If they were to release him, I’m sure that there would be several counties interested in securing his services.
Our local rivals also seem wary of entering into a bidding war for Stephen Moore of Worcestershire, who may, reading between the lines, find the options of a move from the Pears limited by his demands. A better season might have helped him, but he may find himself at the scenic ground for at least another year.
Some might wonder (including DCCC Forever) why Neil McKenzie wasn’t part of my poll on the site at present. The answer is quite simple. McKenzie would need to play as a Kolpak and if we assume that John Morris will not be signing Kolpaks, a deal is a non-starter. If we do sign one, my guess is that the player concerned would be a bowler or all-rounder. I have no doubts that McKenzie would strengthen our batting and would score more heavily than Wavell Hinds, but I’m not the man with the budget nor the task to improve our cricketing fortunes. I genuinely feel that with the return of Chris Rogers and continued progress of younger players that the batting will take care of itself. The addition of another middle order player might be useful, with only John Sadler, Dan Redfern and Paul Borrington competing for two batting places. It may be, of course, that Chesney Hughes is expected to battle for a batting berth next year.