Welch calls for more ahead of Derbyshire’s opening T20 match

Derbyshire County Cricket Club 2016, Graeme Welch
Derbyshire County Cricket Club 2016, Graeme Welch
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Graeme Welch wants more from his Derbyshire side as they prepare to open their T20 campaign on Saturday.

On a rain-affected final day, Hamish Rutherford (68) and Chesney Hughes (66 not out) both hit fifties as Derbyshire closed on 261-4, leading by three runs,to seal a County Championship draw with Essex.

Elite Performance Director Welch said: “I’m quite disappointed with our start to the season, to be honest. We’re trying to save the game on the fourth day again, probably for the third or fourth time.

“We’ve dropped a few catches. Browne got 255 here after we dropped him on 49, and the same with Ed Joyce who got 250 last week. The lads are practising but the ball just isn’t sticking at the moment.

“But I think there is evidence of people coming into form. Things are moving forward.

“Hamish Rutherford has struggled a little bit this season but we’ve seen glimpses of him returning to form here. Obviously Chesney played well in the second innings.

“We need to score more runs in the first innings. We seem to be losing wickets in clusters quite a lot, but it is one of those things – we’ve identified it and now need to do something about it.

“Moving into the white-ball on Saturday might just take the shackles off a little bit and let the lads go and express themselves.”