Kim Barnett says he wants his Derbyshire side to strive for a top four finish in the Specsavers County Championship this season.
The Club’s Cricket Advisor wants the team to kick on from the progress made in 2017, as Derbyshire secured three four-day wins, but Barnett insists the county needs to be striving for more and be pushing for promotion come September.
He said: “It’s easy to say we want to be competitive, but now we want to be better than that, so I would say top four of the County Championship and we want to be aiming for quarter-final onwards in the one-day competitions.
“I think we are in a good place and that can only help the players. We have a very good coaching structure, made up of people with a real affinity with the Club and everyone can see that we are doing better which is great to see.
“John [Wright], Steve [Stubbings] and Dominic [Cork] have all been there and they want to help the guys get through and improve as cricketers, and be pushing for trophies.
“I want the players to play for Derbyshire and to have a smile on their faces.
“In the past we have been towards the bottom of the league and it’s difficult to play with a smile when that happens. It can be miserable at the bottom end. But we are progressing and I like to see them play with a smile and do their very best for the Club.”
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