Paul Franks Column:
Departed Voges Did A Superb Job For Us

Comment and Analysis | 11th August 2011

This week has seen the departure of Adam Voges as our overseas player and I have to say that he has done an excellent job for us over the past few months.

He has been a model of consistency in his run scoring, not just in the Championship but in the one-dayers as well.

He has not necessarily put huge scores on the board, but he has contributed nearly every time, which is all you can ask for.

Not only that, but he's once again been a great bloke to have around the dressing room and really buys in to what playing for Notts is all about.

I'm sure if we needed to call on his services again in the future he would be happy to help us out and I would welcome him back without hesitation.

Adam has scored runs in difficult conditions and on difficult wickets, where the situation has not been ideal.

He is honest enough to admit that he maybe should have gone on to get more hundreds.

But you want your overseas player to lead from the front and I certainly think he has done that.

I turned out for my club side Farnsfield at the weekend and it's great to see them flying high at the top end of the Bassetlaw League.

It looks as if, with five or six games to go, that Worksop are going to do enough to win the title – they came out on top in the crucial games between the sides.

But Farnsfield have not dropped many points apart from that and the most pleasing thing is that their success has been achieved with largely young players.

The side on Saturday had eight players out of the XI under the age of 21, which bodes very well for the future.

As with all youngsters, it does bring with it a certain level of inconsistency, but there is no doubting their raw talent or enthusiasm.

The team have also been helped by the recruitment of a top-class overseas player in Mark Hanson, who has scored a lot of runs since coming over from Australia.

The hope is that next year the side can challenge strongly for a place in the Notts Premier League, but, of course, it always depends who other sides recruit.

That is where all those young players want to be playing their cricket and the club certainly has the facilities in place.

I've had the experience of playing for Farnsfield in the top flight before. What would be nice this time is that we can get the structure right so that if we do go up, we can stay there.

Paul Franks writes for The Nottingham Post.

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