Hudson-Prentice embracing senior role

Thursday 15th October 2020
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Written by Stephen Martin
Photography by: David Griffin

Fynn Hudson-Prentice is enjoying the opportunity to help out the younger members of Derbyshire’s squad, while he continues to develop himself.

The all-rounder only signed for the club in 2019, but quickly became a key member of the side after a string of impressive performances in the County Championship and Vitality Blast.

He started this season with a match-winning 91 not out against Nottinghamshire in the record-breaking win at Trent Bridge, but missed much of the campaign due to a thigh injury.

Despite only having 15 first-class appearances to his name, Hudson-Prentice was one of the more experienced bowlers deployed in the Bob Willis Trophy, with the likes of Sam Conners, Michael Cohen and Ben Aitchison all getting their first run of red ball games for the club.

Having already seen ups and downs in his career, the 24-year-old wants to use what he has learnt to help other players develop, as he aims to utilise the experience around him to improve his own game.

“I still see myself as one of the more inexperienced players,” he said.

“But when you look at our team, there were times where Luis Reece was our most experienced pace bowler, and then there was me.

“I just try to use what I’ve learnt in a pretty short career to help out, and I’m always here if the younger lads want to talk about anything.  I’ve had some pretty tough moments in my career already, so if I can help them in any way to not worry or overthink anything, I’ll do that.

“Being around lads like Billy (Godleman), Wayne (Madsen) and Luis, they have vast experience in first-class cricket, so I look to tap into them as often as I can, and if there’s anything I can feed back to the younger players, or those just joining the club, I will.

“There’s so much potential in the group, and the squad that we’re building is growing. I wouldn’t class myself as experienced but I’ve seen things already and if I can use that to help them develop then I’ll do that.”

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