Godleman focused on all formats

Thursday 10th August 2017
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Written by Danny Painter

Derbyshire are performing well in the NatWest T20 Blast campaign but Billy Godleman is adamant his team will not be distracted in the Specsavers County Championship.

Derbyshire Falcons could reach the NatWest T20 Blast quarter-finals for only the second time and currently sit on 13 points in the North Group. With six wins from 11 matches, the Falcons are in good form, but the return to red ball cricket in among the NatWest T20 Blast group matches, ended in defeat to Nottinghamshire.

Captain Godleman is pleased with the progress made in the NatWest T20 Blast, but also wants to continue improving in the red ball format.

Godleman said “We are professional cricketers and are used to adapting from 20 overs, 50 overs and four-day cricket and, if anything this year, we’ve had more blocks and extended periods in a certain format so there are no excuses from that side.

“We were ready to play this game against Nottinghamshire but we fell well short with both bat and ball. We’ve definitely played better four-day cricket in the nine games compared to last season but if you isolate this game we were exceptionally poor in all departments and that is disappointing.

“There’s been a lot of resources, time and energy put into the Twenty20 campaign as well as the four-day format and definitely in T20 cricket we’ve made big strides forward in our improvement and development so it is understandable that is where a lot of people’s focus is.

He added: “But as Club Captain and Captain of the four-day team when we do get together in four-day cricket it’s my job to make sure I try and create the best conditions for the guys to play to the best of their ability.

“It’s about us taking each game at a time, being really clear on the conditions and the opposition on  that day and then going out to play as best we can and the results will looks after themselves.”

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