Moores Proud Of What Notts Achieved
Nottinghamshire will again be playing their cricket in the top flight of the Specsavers County Championship next season, after narrowly avoiding the drop into Division Two.
Dave Bracegirdle writes,the season ended with two heavy defeats for Notts, somewhat taking the gloss off their early season performances.
Since June, the six championship fixtures brought only two draws and four losses, leaving the county desperately scrambling for bonus points.
“We had a tough six weeks to finish the season,” reflected Head Coach Peter Moores.
“Our goal was to stay in Division One and we’ve done that. But I prefer to look at the last 18 months as a whole package. In that time we’ve won two trophies, had a couple of quarter finals, achieved promotion and stayed up, so we’re quite proud of what we’ve done.
“There have been highs and lows this year and we share the members frustrations at times, at how things have gone. We’ve got to learn lessons from this season and be stronger next year.”
Notts have already begun the task of re-enforcing one of the smaller squads in county cricket, by signing four talented youngsters; Ben Slater, Ben Duckett, Zak Chappell and Joe Clarke.”
“The new signings will help, there’s no doubt about that,” said Moores.
“But there are lots of examples of where our internal players will be stronger next year. Jack Blatherwick was blooded into the Royal London games, Matt Milnes played in the championship and Lyndon James was given a debut; Will Fraine played in all three formats – we’ve had people who have been given a go.”
Milnes (Kent) and Fraine (Yorkshire) have both chosen to move on, to further their development, whilst Moores looks at the positive strides taken by other players.
“Matt Carter and Tom Moores have both grown hugely this season and Jake Libby has found his feet in the T20 format.
“We’ve signed players because we needed to strengthen up at the top end but we’ve got a passion to develop our own players and anybody who has looked closely at us this season will have seen that we have brought our own players through and had a go.
“We have often played a lot of our academy players in the second team against sides that have often featured full staff sides and they’ve done well, so we look at that as another positive.
“In a few weeks time – not now – we’ll start to plan for the new campaign – but we’ll do it very proud with what we’ve been able to achieve here.”
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