July 2, 2012
It’s been a quiet month cricketing wise for me in June. We finished our first block of 4 day cricket with a rain affected draw against Leicestershire. We were in a strong position but unfortunately the English weather had its way again. As a team we can be very pleased with our 31 point lead at the top and will be really looking forward to keep pushing for promotion when we welcome Yorkshire to Chesterfield in mid July.
In the fifth over of our draw with Leicestershire, I achieved the first hat trick of my professional career. It was without a doubt the best feeling I’ve ever had on a cricket field as I was able to remove Ramnaresh Sarwan for the hat trick with what I can safely say was one of the best balls I’ve ever bowled. I also brought up my 200th first class wicket with the Sarwan wicket, which gave me even more reason to celebrate. The last Derbyshire hat trick was bowled by Kevin Dean on the same ground 12 years previous. Deany was one of the first to congratulate me and welcome me into the hat trick club.
Busy in the gym
I was informed by our coach Karl Krikken before our first T20 fixture, that I would not be involved and that he wanted me to have a period of strength and conditioning to ensure I would be fit and firing by the time the championship schedule kicked in again. It’s always disappointing to be told your not going to be in the squad, but after having a truncated pre season in which I had surgeries on a double hernia and a fractured jaw, I can understand the coaches thinking of managing my workload, especially after already bowling 250 overs so far this season in 4 day cricket. It’s been a good period in the gym working with our S and C Luke Storey, he’s superb at his job but I must say his terrible choice of music and incredible facial expressions when doing hang cleans have made me cringe on more than one occasion.
The worlds worst putter
A good number of the derby lads are very keen golfers and the T20 schedule has allowed us all to indulge ourselves in one of our favourite past times. Most cricketers, myself included enjoy launching the ball off the tee and playing Hollywood shots from all angles. The low stinging draw being Chesney Hughes favourite. It’s on and around the green however where my game goes to pot. So much so that I decided to invest in a belly putter, the results of which are still to be decided. Our kit man Ted (tin man) McMinn doesn’t help things by standing over me like the grim reaper letting me know how quick the putt looks even though most of the time he’s my teammate!!
Hopefully my putter heats up soon otherwise the belly putter will be joining several others on the scrap heap.
Goodbye for now and go well guys