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Loye set for Hundred role

Wednesday 2nd October 2019
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Written by Stephen Martin

Derbyshire’s Head of Development, Mal Loye, will join the Nottingham-based men’s team for the inaugural season of The Hundred. 

Loye, who a pioneer during the early years of T20 cricket, has overseen the likes of Fynn Hudson-Prentice’s journey from Second XI cricket into the first-team.

He will work alongside Paul Franks and Stephen Fleming when the new 100-ball tournament gets underway next summer, while Strength and Conditioning Coach, Jonty Norris, will also join the side, with both continuing their work for Derbyshire.

Having been a part of the coaching that guided the Derbyshire Falcons to their first-ever Vitality Blast Finals Day appearance, Loye heads into the new competition full of optimism.

“When the T20 first started, batsmen and bowlers were all experimenting with what they could do differently to adapt to the format and be the best at playing it,” he said.

“The skills and tactics have continued to evolve ever since, but the buzz around it was at its height during the early days when the format was new. 

“The 100-ball game will drive similar innovation and intrigue, and that’s exciting. I’m looking forward to being involved as a coach.”

The Hundred is a new 100-ball format that is set to launch next summer with the men’s and women’s competitions to run concurrently over a five-week period.

The competition is set to attract some of the world’s best players and will be broadcast live on Sky Sports and the BBC.

It will feature eight city-based clubs, from Manchester, Leeds, Nottingham, Birmingham, Cardiff, Southampton and two in London (Lord’s and the Oval).

The Pattonair County Ground will host the Nottingham-based team in the Women’s Hundred Competition, along with Leicestershire’s Fischer County Ground.

The men’s player Draft is set to become the first major draft to be held in this country on Sunday, October 20. It will be shown live by Sky Sports with extensive coverage across the BBC.

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