Van Beek to relish responsibility

Monday 17th December 2018
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Written by Danny Painter

Logan van Beek says he will relish the opportunity of being an overseas bowler for Derbyshire next summer, with the opportunity to make an impression across all formats.

The 28-year-old joins an international pace attack which includes the likes of Hardus Viljoen and Ravi Rampaul, and he hopes to contribute with wickets, whilst also providing a reliable option to hold up an end for his fellow seamers.

He said: “You go out every game to get five wickets and score 100 with the bat. Coming to Wellington and having more responsibility to do that is what I want in my career – and coming to Derbyshire is exactly the same.

“Those guys are well experienced cricketers and Ravi and I have a bit of a connection – my grandfather is West Indian and played for West Indies before settling in New Zealand.

“I’m looking forward to meeting the guys, getting to know them better and getting to work.

“I’m confident that I can really contribute and hopefully we can have a pretty formidable pace attack and keep pressure on.

“That’s what successful first-class sides need to do, so hopefully we can do that and push ourselves towards the top of the table.

“It’s about assessing the conditions, then recognising the moments to attack.

“Sometimes it might not be your day and Hardus or Ravi might be feeling it, so you’ve got to hold up your end and build that pressure. Then other times it will be your day to capitalise.”

Accustomed to the big stage, van Beek represented Netherlands at the ICC T20 World Cup in 2014 and claimed 3-9 in a historic 45-run win for the nation against England.

Proud of a match-winning performance with the ball, the all-rounder is looking forward to the domestic competition in England.

He added: “I thought this is my chance to show what I can do to the rest of the world and if I play well in this tournament then the Black Caps will pick me and I’ll play in the Indian Premier League – all of these big outcomes.

“But after a couple of games I couldn’t get a wicket, couldn’t buy a run and I was pretty low at that point.

“Going into that England match I remember things were just clicking and it came out perfectly and it was a real enjoyable time and a ratification for a lot of hard work that had gone into that performance.

“The coverage that the Vitality Blast gets is awesome and it’s a format that a lot of guys want to play.

“I feel I’ve got skills to take into that format, but for me it’s important to find a role in the team throughout the season and contributing where I can.”

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