Dernbach eyes further decorations
Jade Dernbach, known for his ear-rings and tattoos, has developed a taste for winning trophies and hopes Surrey’s Clydesdale Bank 40 victory is the first of many for him at the Kia Oval.
Dernbach’s four wickets made him man of the match as the Lions dispatched Somerset by five wickets with 15 balls to spare in Saturday’s rain-reduced final at Lord’s.
The South-African-born paceman reacted to taunts from a section of Somerset fans, who were playfully pointing out that Jade is normally a girl’s name in the UK, by cupping his ear in their direction after having Alfonso Thomas caught behind in the closing overs.
“In games like this you’ve very much got to live for that moment because these days don’t come around too often,” Dernbach told ecb.co.uk. “I just want to do my best for this club and help us win trophies.”
Dernbach also celebrated passionately when he earlier had Peter Trego taken at fine-leg and, after removing Thomas, bowled Murali Kartik and Jos Buttler, the former with a fast full toss and the latter with a perfectly-disguised slow yorker.
While Dernbach was extrovert on the field, he admitted to being unable to watch much of Surrey’s chase, initially of 215 in 40 overs and then 186 from 30.
“I was so nervous I couldn’t even watch most of that game. I was sat round the back, listening to the crowd’s cheers as to what was going on,” he revealed.
The 25-year-old is a product of Surrey’s academy whose promise was recognised aged 17 when he became the county’s youngest debutant for 30 years.
That was in 2003 when Surrey lifted their previous trophy, the inaugural Twenty20 Cup, and Dernbach believes his long association with the club made Saturday all the more special.
“Things you dream about, especially as a young boy looking up, wanting to play for this club,” he said. “Those are the days you dream about and to have a part in that is just amazing, really amazing.”