Saturday, 11 March 2017

Irons in the fire

'We have irons in the fire' says Derbyshire cricket supremo Kim Barnett and the expectation is that some of them are rather hot...

Indeed, Barnett expects to be able to announce new signings for the T20 and, one assumes, to replace Neil Broom 'this week or next', which is pretty exciting for everyone involved in the club.

I do hope that the club's excellent marketing team, that seldom misses a trick, don't lump them all together into the one release, as there's promotional opportunities a-plenty in breaking the news on an individual basis. Besides, the players coming in are doubtless worthy of an individual piece and they should get that.

I wonder if the club will opt for an experienced seamer, or go for a top order powerhouse with the bat? If there were money, there's even the possibility of both, much as Nottinghamshire did last year when they chose between Imran Tahir, Dan Christian and Andre Russell for their matches. It is good to have such options, though I think it hardly likely that we would ever omit Tahir from a T20 game, or any other, for that matter. Why would you, eh, Nottinghamshire...?

Anyway, our first pre-season game has been announced as a one-day friendly on Saturday 1 April at Moddershall Cricket Club, Staffordshire. The opposition will be a North Staffordshire & South Cheshire Select XI and it will be followed by a three-day university fixture versus Loughborough University, starting on Friday 7 April, at Loughborough.

So less than three weeks to go before we can start to follow those scores and watch the boys once more.

Be honest, you're excited, aren't you?

I know I am.


Anonymous said...

It was a very welcome interview by Kim. Fingers crossed we get what we need

Ash said...

I'd love to see a batsman who takes no prisoners for the T20 (if he can bowl a bit of off spin or med pace more the better) maybe brought in as the captain as well, and an experienced top order bat for the 4 day and 50 over game, IF we get 2 signings in the next 2 weeks it could just show how serious we are about the season

David Woolley said...

Kim's interview confirmed what I had been hoping for, will happen in the next two weeks or so.
I don't think I have looked forward to a new season with such optimism for a long, long time.
With hopefully, an experienced middle order bat joining, I feel we could really ruffle a few feathers this year.

Peakfan said...

I agree with you David and will be blogging on that subject shortly...