Prominent roles for county duo


Howard Dytham and AJ Harris have been allocated prominent roles as Derbyshire CCC’s coaching structure continues to take shape.

Harris will continue in the role of Second XI Coach with Dytham heading up the Academy in a system that will see the Cricket Board’s age-group system and the Club’s Academy combine to provide an integrated pathway from development squads to the first-class game.

Dytham will perform this role alongside his current position as Executive Manager of Derbyshire Cricket Board.

With strong emphasis to be placed upon consistency at all levels, the Club’s coaching team will rotate with each having the opportunity to work within different areas.

Harris’s bowling expertise will, for instance, be utilised with the First Team and Academy as well as the Second XI and Derbyshire’s cricketers have also been contracted to deliver 20 hours of coaching to the county’s young cricketers.

Dytham said: “I’m delighted with the structure and excited about its implementation. All aspects of player development working seamlessly together towards an ultimate goal of producing successful first-class cricketers can only be beneficial to cricket in Derbyshire.

“Strategies and resources have been put in place to ensure all aspects of Derbyshire Cricket Board continue to thrive alongside my increased involvement with the Academy.

“There is also no doubt our emerging players will benefit immensely from working with those who have successfully come through the same development process in the recent past.”

Harris said: “I’ve enjoyed working with the Second XI this season and I’m delighted with the opportunity to continue in the role.

“The most rewarding and beneficial aspect of working with the team this year has been the emergence and development of so many talented young cricketers.

“We will continue to back young cricketers in the Second XI with a view to giving them the best possible opportunity to succeed.”

Chairman Chris Grant said: “The amendments to the coaching structure we have made are absolutely critical to our policy for cricketing success in the future.

“We are aiming to create a one club ethos whereby everybody from the age group squads right through to the first team buys into one culture, one process and one strategy.

“If we produce our own players through the system, back them and give them a pathway to succeed – then also use their experience for the benefit of the next group of upcoming cricketers – this gives us a sustainable and repeatable approach with the potential for continued success.”