Karl Krikken admits it has been a difficult season so far – but he believes the Club is on the up and has asked for patience from members and supporters as the five-year-plan for sustainable success continues.
Derbyshire’s interest in the Friends Life t20 competition is over after a campaign that started with three successive victories, but delivered only one more win from the final six matches.
But Krikken’s men have 11 matches still to play in all competitions this season with LV= County Championship survival – and a place in the Yorkshire Bank semi final – the ambitious targets.
Krikken (pictured above alongside Albie Morkel) admits it will be tough, but insists that the players are still fighting.
“We said it was going to be a journey and a five-year plan when I took on this job in 2011,” he said.
“We are making strides forward but we need the members and supporters to stay patient with us, because it is a long journey.
“They turned out in magnificent numbers during the recent Twenty20 competition and it was disappointing that we couldn’t put in better performances in the most well attended home matches.
“We are a club on the up but it might take us a bit longer to get where we want to be. We want to be a sustainable first division county in time, that’s the plan, and I’m sure we will get there but success does not always happen overnight.
“Our results in the first two-and-a-bit years have been the best Derbyshire have had for quite a time,” added Krikken.
“Even if we finish bottom this season, we will still have finished higher than we have since 2000.
“We haven’t given up the ghost on the first division this season because two or three wins, even at this stage, can make a big difference, even though it will be difficult.
“We made a poor start and when you lose a few on the bounce, confidence goes down, but we have the players who got us up last year and, even if they can’t keep us up this year, we know we have done it before and can again.
“It’s been a difficult season but it hasn’t been for the want of trying,” Krikken added. “I honestly believed at the start of the season it would not be this hard. I thought we would compete better and be more consistent than we have been.
“We have matched other teams and played well at times but haven’t been able to do it all the time and that has been the difference between last year and this year.
“Whether that’s been our standard of cricket or that teams are not allowing us to play, which I think is the case, we just have to get better as a whole. We understand that and that’s what we need to work on for the rest of this season and next year.
“We feel there’s a bit more fight in the squad recently and as long as everyone does their best, that’s all you can ask. If your best is not good enough, that’s another thing.”
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