'This has been one of the better seasons for me'


'This has been one of the better seasons for me'

Scorpions pacer Derval Green reflects on improved performances with bat and ball

Senior staff reporter

Saturday, March 28, 2020

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JAMAICA Scorpions player Derval Green says he is pleased with his performances during the abbreviated regional four-day cricket tournament, even though a side strain forced him to miss two matches.

The 31-year-old pace bowler finished the season with 22 wickets from six matches at an average of 24.86. Green, who made his debut four seasons ago, took a first class, career-best 5-75 against Leeward Islands Hurricanes in the eighth-round contest in Antigua earlier this month.

A more than capable lower-order batsman, he tallied 263 runs in 10 innings at 29.22 and he scored two half-centuries, including a top score of 62.

“This season has been one of the better seasons for me in the sense that I've made runs more consistently than in previous seasons,” Green, a native of Westmoreland, told the Jamaica Observer.

“There's definitely room for improvement — as a player you set targets and you want to improve season by season. I ended the season averaging close to 30, and to pick up 22 wickets pretty much means it's a good season. I would have liked to end with more runs and more wickets, but it's a work in progress, definitely,” he added.

Only once has Green taken more wickets — he captured 27 in 10 matches during the 2017-18 campaign.

Statistically, his batting has never been better.

The 22.22 he averaged last season was previously his best, and while during the 2017-18 tournament his aggregate was 268 runs, it took him 18 innings to get there.

The usually dashing stroke-maker told the Observer that a far more considered approach to his batting has brought particularly pleasing results.

“As you get more mature and understand your game, your thinking [becomes] different. My mindset has been different; I recognise that shots are always going to be played and it was never a problem for me to score boundaries.

“It was about my mental aspect of the game and how patient I'm going to be; knowing it's a longer format and bowlers are basically trying to [test] your patience. I've also worked on my technique and at being more comfortable at the crease, even when not scoring a lot of boundaries,” Green said.

The all-rounder said the team, under the guidance of Head Coach Andre Coley, has worked hard to improve performances across the board.

“We've all been working on our game, and each individual has had to fine-tune his game and find what works for him and what doesn't. The coach has been there every step of the way to have his input. It's been a mixture of working with the coaches and also individually trying to improve our game,” he explained.

The Scorpions finished the league with 91.8 points, and were joint-third with former champions Guyana Jaguars.

Runaway leaders Barbados Pride (134.8 points) were declared winners of the six-team competition, which was brought to a premature end with only eight of the 10 rounds played due to health concerns arising from the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic.

Trinidad and Tobago Red Force (94.6 points) were runners-up, while Windward Islands Volcanoes (78) and Leeward Islands Hurricanes (52.8) were fifth and last, respectively.

Green noted the team's improvement after finishing fifth last season, but said even more could have been accomplished had they performed with greater consistency.

“It [improving] is good, but we are not satisfied coming third. Looking back, there are things we could have done differently. We lost when we were in good positions to press on to win.

“But, we are heading in the right direction. We had spoken about being able to draw games before we start thinking about winning them, and we did some of that really well,” he said.

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