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100 objects p 82 MCC in County Set p 84 Paul Nixon interview p 88 Alex Gidman on retiring p 90

County Diary

Richard Gibson snifis out stories from all 18 counties


Derbyshire’s first-team squad were put through intense fitness checks on their return to training at the start of November, the results of which will help strength and conditioning coach Jonty Norris develop bespoke training programmes.

“We’ve been focusing on speed and power to get an idea of how fast the guys are over a straight 20 metres, but also running between the wickets – so making it really cricketspecific,” Norris said. “We’re also looking at endurance and strength testing_and some of that is to get a picture of where they are at, but some of it is to allow me to prescribe training based on the individual’s needs. We don’t have squad training plans anymore, it’s about individual plans depending on what the player needs to get out of it.”

The club escaped with a warning after the Championship match against Kent at Chesterfield was washed out. It had been moved from Derby because of a concert.


Matthew Maynard is back at Glamorgan 20 years after leading them to the Championship_title.

Maynard, 51, has returned to Cardiff as a batting consultant following a mutual early release from his contract as head coach at_Somerset.

“Matt has a wealth of experience as both a player and a coach which will be invaluable to the club,” said chief executive Hugh Morris.

“He has a genuine passion and enthusiasm for batting and with his history at_Glamorgan is the ideal person to bring on board to oversee and develop the first-team batting, as well as our young Welsh talent.

“He will support the current coaching team under the leadership of Robert Croft and bring extra technical expertise to the batting as we look to build on our one-day success and begin to compete across all three formats.”


Julian Calefato, with experience of working in several sports including rugby union, sailing, ice hockey and weightlifting, is Gloucestershire’s new physiotherapist.

Calefato, previously based at Loughborough and most recently at Derbyshire, said: “I enjoy building relationships with people and contributing to their success both personally and on the sports field.”

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