Derbyshire's end-of-year report
Posted in Domestic Cricket
So, amazingly, we find ourselves at the end of the season, a full six months after our first game on our pre-season tour.
It's now time for us to put away the kit, turn our attentions to other things but also spend time to reflect on all that has happened this summer.
Derbyshire's two main goals for the 2011 season were to not make a loss on the commercial side and not finish bottom of the LV= County Championship.
Although the final sums have not been done, I'm led to believe we achieved both of those targets. However, our goals as players were loftier than those put to us by the management at the time. We were very keen to improve in all areas and competitions than the previous season.
Our championship form was largely very good throughout the season, finishing fifth. We won five games, four of which were at home, proving that we can win at home (a problem for the county in previous seasons).
On the whole we had many more good days than bad days. The main problem, though, was when we had a bad day it would very often lead to us losing that match.
However, with three rounds of matches remaining we were still in the hunt for a promotion place, which shows our competitiveness this year. If this were a school report I think we'd have achieved a B+.
We also had a good season in the Clydesdale Bank 40, finishing third. We won six games and had a tie which was a pretty good effort and it shows that we are improving in the one-day format.
However, we threw away some winning positions, unfortunately, and it will be those games that we need to convert if we are to reach the latter stages of any competitions in the future.
We all dream of making the Lord’s final in the future and testing ourselves in the really big games so we need to improve still further and build on this season. Again a B+.
The Friends Life t20 campaign was a poor one for us. We had too many 'flat' performances and didn't compete as we would like to have done.
With so many games in a short space of time one iffy performance can lead to a downward spiral, and any momentum previously gained can soon disappear. We were certainly guilty of this too often. That's not to say we didn't play well at times, as we did, but it was all too fleeting. D- (Must do better!)
Personally, I've thoroughly enjoyed the entire season. One of my pre-season goals was to play in every game, something I've never done before, so it was going to be a constant test of my form and staying injury-free, and I'm delighted to have achieved this.
My other main goal was to reach 1,000 runs in championship cricket, the benchmark for batsmen in the league. It was a special day and satisfying moment when I timed a beautiful cover-drive for a boundary (edge past slip!) to pass the milestone,
So now I'm looking forward to spending some quality family time interspersed with brushing up on the golf handicap.