Nathan Rimmington will again set out to show this weekend that T20 cricket is not just about batsmen putting bowlers to the sword.
The 32-year-old Australian has earned a reputation as one of the top bowlers in the shortest form of the game and has left his mark for Derbyshire on some of the game’s big hitters in this summer’s NatWest T20 Blast.
His full length delivery that bowled Alex Hales first ball in the game against Nottinghamshire at Derby last week set the Falcons on the way to a comprehensive victory with Rimmington finishing with figures of 3 for 24.
On Sunday, he faces the challenge of trying to defend the short boundaries of Queen’s Park, Chesterfield, when Derbyshire take on Northamptonshire in a North Group game that starts at 2.30pm.
Rimmington admits there is no great secret to his skill with the white ball but accepts that his lack of height has helped.
“I’m not the tallest of fast bowlers around and whereas that hurt me a little bit in four day cricket,” he said. “I think it’s a strength in the shorter form of the game. You can slide yorkers in and your lack of bounce does you a favour because it’s harder to get under.
“Being a shorter fast bowler sliding in yorkers is something that comes quite naturally and also I grew up playing a lot of indoor cricket where you use a lot of variations so having that background it was something that came naturally. I didn’t put my hand up for the job but it was my skill set that got me into it.
“I’ve made a little bit of a name for myself back home as a ‘death’ bowler so that’s sort of my strength, closing out an innings in T20 and one-day cricket so you can expect a lot of yorkers and a lot of slower balls.”
But Rimmington accepts that the nature of the game means the ball will go round the park at times.
He said: “You’ve definitely got to put your ego in your back pocket because there are going to be times when you are going to go for a few.
“It’s like any other bowling, it just comes down to execution and you can have all the plans you want but if you don’t execute them you are going to go so there’s no secret to it.
“Variation goes a long way in T20 cricket and the more you can have the better but having said that you can over-think it as well. The difference might be bowling a wide yorker to a straight yorker, you don’t have to have 20 different slower balls, you can have subtle variations and still get away with.
“I bowl around the 130 kilometre mark but T20 can be a little bit different you can go all the way from 135 back down to 115 with slower balls and other variations. I wouldn’t say I’m an out-and-out fast bowler but I like to think location is more my game.”