Norfolk keen to get Bud
Norfolk skipper Carl Rogers has confirmed he is keen to secure the services of pace bowler Bud Bailey for the 2010 season.Nineteen-year-old Bailey, from Watton, was released by Northamptonshire at the end of last season and hinted that he would be interested in playing for his home county.
Norfolk skipper Carl Rogers has confirmed he is keen to secure the services of pace bowler Bud Bailey, from Watton, for the 2010 season.
Nineteen-year-old Bailey was released by Northamptonshire at the end of last season and hinted that he would be interested in playing for his home county, writes Phil Banyard.
Rogers, speaking after being re-elected as captain at the annual meeting, said: "I have spoken to him and he's keen to play. He's got some issues with needing to get a job and hopefully if he does then he'll be available."
Norfolk were heavily reliant on spinners George Walker and Chris Brown this year, but Rogers is eager to add another dimension to his attack.
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"He would be a spearhead of the bowling attack," said the captain. "Paul Bradshaw did the job for us in the one-day games this year, but in the three-day games we certainly need someone, because we can't keep relying on Brownie and George to take all the wickets.
"Bud has been away with Northants so we haven't seen too much of him and he has had some issues with injury, but hopefully if he can play for us and he stays fit he would make a huge difference."
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Rogers added that he was not expecting major changes to the playing squad next year, although it is
unclear whether Jonathan Trower
will return, having struggled to
make an impression in his debut season with Norfolk.
There have, however, been significant changes off the field for Norfolk, with Graham Littlewood installed as club chairman on Saturday.
He vowed to continue the good work of his predecessor, Keith Bray, who has become president. Littlewood
said: "We are in a very strong position, so I don't think there is an awful lot
"We are in a good position financially and from a playing point of view, we are just short of a fast bowler. I think if we can get one, we'll have a very good chance of winning the Minor Counties Championship. We have got a lot of good young players coming through and that's where our player/coach, Chris Brown, has done a superb job."
Littlewood praised the "outstanding" contribution of Bray and outgoing president Ted Wright.
The meeting heard that Brown had recently gained his ECB Level Four qualification, the highest coaching qualification available in cricket in England and Wales.
It puts the Horsford off-spinner in
an elite group of around 75 coaches worldwide who have achieved Level Four status and it ranks him alongside such luminaries as England coach Andy Flower and Duncan Fletcher.
Bray said he was proud to have served the county as chairman for seven years, adding: "When I first offered my services to the club I certainly did not expect to end up being the president."
David Bowker has replaced Bray as chairman of the cricket and selection committee. Left-arm spinner Walker was presented with the Richard Lane Player of the Season award after taking 56 wickets in all competitions, while Ben Patston, who played a starring role in the MCCA Knockout Trophy final win at Chester-le-Street, received the DL King Memorial Young Player Shield.
There were also special awards to Michael Eccles for his man-of-the match display at Chester-le-Street and to Walker, who claimed match figures of 16-96 in the final Championship match of the summer, against Cambridgeshire.