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Kirby impressed by young bowlers

Friday 1st March 2019
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Written by Danny Painter

Assistant & Bowling Coach Steve Kirby has been impressed by Derbyshire’s trio of young seamers and is looking forward to seeing them get opportunities this summer.

Alfie Gleadall continues to play a full part in pre-season training after recovering from a stress fracture, while James Taylor and Sam Conners have gone from strength to strength under Derbyshire’s new coaching setup.

Speaking to BBC Radio Derby, Kirby said: “There are going to be opportunities for the younger bowlers.

“Alfie maybe less so than the others as he’s coming back from this stress fracture, but we’re going to look after him and make sure he’s in a good place.

“James Taylor’s doing very well and Sam Conners has impressed over the winter.

“Those three are going to get their opportunities and so they should.

“We measure everything we do in practice and they’re getting better each and every week.”

With experienced bowlers around them, Kirby hopes the young quicks can continue to develop and compliment what he believes is a rounded bowling attack heading into the season.

He added: “Tony [Palladino] could run up with his eyes closed and hit the top of off stump. He’s underrated in what he has done year after year.

“Logan [van Beek] is an amazing bowler who’s got a point to prove. We did a lot of hunting down in terms of bowlers who weren’t going to be effected by World Cup call-ups or international duty.

“This bloke bowls quick. He bowls strong and aggressively.

“And we’ve got Ravi [Rampaul] also and I’m excited to be working with him. We’ve got that good crop of senior bowlers who can help blood our youngsters.

“I’ve been excited to work with the guys over the winter and I’m even more excited to see what they can deliver for us during the season.”

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