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Captain’s Corner

Andrew Hall – Northants Captain

Are you enjoying your captaincy at Northants?
“Yeah very much so, I was really looking forward to it when I was given the opportunity to take over the captaincy, it’s something I really enjoy doing, I think it’s a great job to have especially with the players we have got, and the players we do have playing exceptionally well and I feel that this always makes my job as captain not necessarily easier, but that little less difficult when the guys are in good spirit and playing well, I just have to make sure that I keep them in the right frame of mind.”

Is it a challenge leading a young team?
“No I enjoy it, we got some good characters in our side that help to keep us nice and relaxed, but it keeps you on your toes and I really enjoy it from my side. I always perform better when I have pressure on me, but it’s good when we are playing well.”

What tips could you give to local club captains?
“I think it’s important that you have a lot of practice, when I was younger I would make sure that I stayed behind and spent some time working on my game. You only get out what you put in, and spending extra time after everyone else has left can only help your game. You have to make sure you get the most out of your team, find the strengths and exploit them to your benefit.”

What’s the funniest thing you have ever seen while on a cricket field?
“In the Twenty20 competition this year, batsman David Murphy got his bat tangled up with his legs while trying to run, stumbled over and totally demolished the stumps. The other one would be when I played in Australia; Neil McKenzie dived to save a boundary and ended up with his pants around his ankles.”

Luke Sutton – Ex-Derbyshire Captain

What does it feel like to be captain of a county team?
“You feel very proud; being placed in charge of a county is a huge honour. There is obviously a long tradition and you just try to do the best job possible and hopefully build a positive future for the club. It is a very hard job and it comes with a lot of pressure, but it is an enjoyable role and I love doing it.”

Do you enjoy leading such a young team?
“Yes I do, I have played at three different counties, played under a lot of different coaches, and hopefully I can pass on this wisdom to the younger players. We are defiantly building for the future here at Derbyshire, and if we hope to create an environment that they would want to be part of. The young players at the club seem dedicated to the club and are remain ambitious about what we can achieve here. We hope to keep them here, we don’t want to see any of them go, and together we can be a very good team.”

What tips could you give to local club captains?
“You got to look after your own game, you have to take the pressure of yourself and perform, lead an example to the rest of the team. You have to remember that everyone is different and you have to respect that – you are not captaining 10 robots. Each individual is motivated by different things and you have to keep this in mind. You have to be a strong leader, but don’t be afraid to let other people in and give you advice on and off the field – but ultimately your decision is the final one.”

Whats the funniest thing you have ever seen while on a cricket field?
“This season against Sussex when Chesney Hughes, our opening batsman, accidently went out to bat and accidently forgot to put his box in. After the first wicket went down, he had to run back inside to grab it. But he had to face a good seven overs against their bowling attack without one. I can’t image how he felt facing them without a box, but for the lads in the pavilion it was hilarious.”

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