All-rounder Alex Hughes is first to sit down with former Derbyshire spin bowler Jake Needham as he answers quick-fire questions about his team-mates.
This is the first of a series of quick-fire interviews with members of the playing and coaching staff as they reveal all about their fellow Derbyshire colleagues.
Cricket Derbyshire University of Derby Academy graduate Hughes was first to speak with derbyshireccc.com.
Who is the most talented member of the squad?
There’s a few, obviously, in the side. But batsman I would say Tom Knight has probably got the most array of shots and the most natural timing of a cricket ball I have ever seen.
Who is the biggest joker?
I think Boz [Paul Borrington] is the real comedian in the group. He is the loud bubbly one who will always get us up for it on a cold day. So yes, probably Boz.
Who is the most vocal person in the dressing room?
I would have to say two people from behind the scenes. Pipey [James Pipe] the Club Physio and Ted [Ted McMinn] the Kit Man. They get us up for it when we are struggling a little and they will put a smile on our face.
Who is most likely to be late for training?
There are probably two. Chesney [Hughes] struggles with his time keeping a little bit. And Tom Knight, again. He likes to sleep in and to wash his hair as well!
Which batsman do you most enjoy batting with?
In the current squad I would say Wayne Madsen. He is a really good calming influence when I’m batting. Previously I have been known to be quite frantic at the crease especially in some second team matches with Jake Needham. We used to be very frantic together, run well and run badly at times, but it was always enjoyable.
Who are the best and worst trainers?
The best trainer in the gym is probably Richard Johnson. He loves a gun session. You will constantly see him doing some bicep curls. The worst, there aren’t many too bad to be honest, but it’s probably Ben Slater. He’s not the strongest shall we say, but on the other hand he is probably in the nets the most.
Who has the safest hands?
I would say Tom Knight again but he did actually spill one in one of the last games.
And what’s your favourite ground?
The County Ground or Chesterfield.
And finally, what do you believe was your most important innings?
My favourite was the 59 against Essexin the one-dayer. But I think the 33 I hit against Somerset in the LV= County Championship was the most important. Although it wasn’t the biggest it was a very satisfying knock especially as we won the game as well.
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