Graeme Welch says Derbyshire have belief and home-grown talent

Graeme Welch, Derbyshire’s Elite Performance Director, has been buoyed by a bright end to the 2014 English season and has promised the county’s members he is building a team they can be proud of.

“The Derbyshire brand of cricket in 2015 will be disciplined, organised, attritional and skilful,” Welch pledged. “We’ve got a nucleus of home-grown local talent we can develop over the next two or three years which the Derbyshire public can identify with.

“Last year we changed the culture, changed the environment and changed the training methods.

“Players came and went and a lot of people took more-and-more responsibility as the year went on,” he continued. “They showed that they trusted the strategy and trusted the methods.

“It all came together in the end and it has laid the foundations for the future.”

After a second half of 2014 that brought six wins from seven LV= County Championship matches and qualification for the Quarter Finals of the Royal London One-Day Cup, Welch is targeting a year-on-year improvement from his ambitious young side.

“We don’t want to pinpoint tournaments, but we’ll play a brand of cricket that’s sustainable for the next two or three years while these lads are learning.

“How we improve from year-to-year is what we’re looking at as a management team.”

James Buttler

James has been working as a journalist and broadcaster in cricket since 2006 and was an avid fan for many years before that.
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James was the full-time Media Manager at Yorkshire County Cricket Club between 2007 and 2010.
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