Tuesday dawned in Barbados with glorious blue skies and scorching temperatures – a stark contrast to the conditions back in the UK. Derbyshire’s players wouldn’t have had a chance of any outdoor practice at the CountyGround today.
Half the squad took advantage of the close proximity of the beach to the hotel – barely 25 yards from the hotel garden – and enjoyed a pre-breakfast swim; a welcome opportunity to stretch their legs after the long flight on Monday.
As soon as breakfast was over, the squad boarded the coach for the 30 minute drive to the North Stars Cultural and Social Club for 4 hours of training and practice.
Luke Storey, the Strength and Conditioning Coach put the players through their paces for the opening 30 minutes, before the players concentrated on their core cricketing skills.
The North Stars ground is Derbyshire’s base for this tour and their 2-day game starting on Wednesday against Northamptonshire will take place there, as will the 2-day game next week against Nottinghamshire.
The pitches appear to have been well-prepared although the outfield is suffering from the effects of no rain for over three months. Derbyshire will be hoping that the rain stays away for just another week or so to ensure their practice isn’t hampered.
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