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Elite Performance Report 10 | Welch excited by Derbyshire talent

GraemeWelchGraeme Welch says the current crop of Derbyshire Academy graduates are amongst the best he’s worked with.

The new Elite Performance Director has now been in the job four weeks and he has noticed exceptional potential in those produced by the Cricket Derbyshire Academy in partnership with the University of Derby.

Welch worked with England internationals Chris Woakes and Boyd Rankin at Warwickshire. But he believes the talent at the County Ground has the potential to surpass his former county.  

“We’ve got some talented young players in the squad and I’ve been very impressed with the Academy graduates on the staff,” Welch said.

“There’s probably more talent here than what I had to work with at Warwickshire.

“As a coach I’m looking for big tall strapping bowlers. They may need to get a little fitter – but the potential at their age is something to be very excited about. 

“I really like the look of them.

“We’ve put specific drills in place to work with all the bowlers right through the pathway.

“We’re trying to work with cricketers in a consistent and specialists way from the age groups, through the Academy and into the first team.

“We’re getting them all to do the same drills as the first team at a young age then, hopefully, as they advance we’ll step up the training as they continue to develop.

“This will help them to be fit, strong and technically better. So when they get into the Academy we can fast-track them to train with the first team.”

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