Fixture News | 7th July 2005

Twenty20 plans need rethink, admits Newell


Notts Outlaws 139-5 (Read 29)
Derbyshire Phantoms 142-1

Derbyshire Phantoms won by nine wickets

The Director of Cricket admitted the side had underperformed in the competition and finished on a low note with a poor performance against our derby rivals.

Said Newell: ?We have not got it right in Twenty20 at all. I still think we had the right group of players in the squad for the competition but they haven?t produced the goods on enough occasions.

?It?s not an area of cricket we have shown much skill at so far and clearly we need to think about what we want to do differently next year.?

We managed just 10 boundaries in our innings at Derby and were unable to accelerate in the closing overs under pressure from tight bowling.

Derbyshire cruised home and only Paul McMahon finished with much credit with the ball, taking 1-22 from four overs on his season debut.

Added Newell: ?We had quite an inexperienced bowling attack and really needed a lot more runs on the board for them to defend.

?We were outplayed and allowed our Championship game with Glamorgan to get on our minds. We did have to prioritise for Friday, as Mark Ealham and Stephen Fleming have had a sore knee and elbow to deal with respectively, but it?s still very disappointing.

?These last two weeks have been great fun and the crowds have been terrific. We need to produce more and make sure our fans go home happy in the future.?

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