Matt Critchley praises Derbyshire’s bowlers for helping his transition to captain

Matt Critchley says the strong bowling performances during his first two games as captain has made the transition much easier.

Tuesday, 29th June 2021, 7:35 am
Matt Critchley says good bowling has helped his transition as Derbyshire's new captain. (Photo by Nathan Stirk/Getty Images)
Matt Critchley says good bowling has helped his transition as Derbyshire's new captain. (Photo by Nathan Stirk/Getty Images)

But Critchley, who won his first game against Birmingham admitted he was disappointed to tie Friday night’s T20 derby with Notts – a game in which the Falcons seemed to be heading for victory for much of the contest.

However, two clusters of wickets left them needing five to win off the last ball, with Critchley himself only able to hit a four to tie things up.

“The way our bowlers came back after Notts made a fast start and executed the plans was very good, we restricted them to a total we fancied,” he said.

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"We’ve bowled and fielded really well in the last two games, which has certainly made my job a lot easier.

"It’s bitterly disappointing, because we’ve got a point when we should have won the game. 137 should be an easy enough chase at the best of times.”