Worcestershire must replace Richo's experience

Worcester News: Worcestershire must replace Richo's experience Worcestershire must replace Richo's experience

THE departure of Alan Richardson from Worcestershire should have the alarm bells ringing at New Road.

For without the star bowler, who has joined Warwickshire as a bowling coach, next season looks like being a struggle.

That’s not being negative, just realistic. The County have relied heavily, perhaps almost exclusively, on Richardson’s wickets. He took 254 wickets in four years, first helping to keep them in LV= County Championship Division One and, more recently, stay competitive in Division Two.

It is a huge void to fill, but the club, with what little money they have, must try.

Saying such situations give the young seamers chance to flourish is all well and good but all that does is further heap pressure on potentially fragile shoulders.

Unless they are world-beaters - and if they were, they would be playing for higher-ranked counties and possibly England - they are going to need help at some point.

It should also be pointed out that at 25 and 24 respectively, Jack Shantry and Chris Russell are not youngsters, they are at the age most players are firmly established.

They have already had opportunities, with mixed success, but in Richardson both, not to mention Charlie Morris and Nick Harrison, had someone to look to for inspiration and guidance on the pitch.

Now they don’t have anyone of that stature. Gareth Andrew is 30 but doesn’t have Richardson’s experience, while Graeme Cessford, also 30, is a novice in county cricket terms. Bowling coach Matt Mason is going to have to earn his corn.

Who is going to spearhead the bowling attack in 2014? Who is going to pick up the mantle?

All questions that need answers.

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3:34pm Wed 22 Jan 14

Officer Nordburg says...

Matt Mason is part of the problem. Richard Jones was a huge talent and he went very much backwards under Masons guidance. Not one of the youngsters has improved as a bowler since he took up coaching, they all have the same flaws they did when they started.
Matt Mason is part of the problem. Richard Jones was a huge talent and he went very much backwards under Masons guidance. Not one of the youngsters has improved as a bowler since he took up coaching, they all have the same flaws they did when they started. Officer Nordburg

4:47pm Thu 23 Jan 14

dulon says...

This article is a statement of the obvious . The situation should have been recognised months ago . However we are talking about the 'worcester management ' here and if there is one thing that we can rely on in this 'Rhodes' era is that planning and competence have to be ruled out in this type of situation.
Not only that but the management have been able to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory too many times ..... nothing surprises me now.
This article is a statement of the obvious . The situation should have been recognised months ago . However we are talking about the 'worcester management ' here and if there is one thing that we can rely on in this 'Rhodes' era is that planning and competence have to be ruled out in this type of situation. Not only that but the management have been able to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory too many times ..... nothing surprises me now. dulon

6:12pm Thu 23 Jan 14

johnmere says...

I agree with your article Steve, plus other comments to date. WCCC have relied on Alan Richardson for the last 2 seasons having to bowl 20 overs a day in the championship. Names mentioned in the article have not improved in fact some gone backwards Failure by the club to sign a bowler spells another poor season to suffer at New Road. However for those running the club results don't seen to matter. I urge members to ask questions of the cricket board at the AGM.
However I expect there will be the same old excuses from New Road, flooding and lack of money.
I agree with your article Steve, plus other comments to date. WCCC have relied on Alan Richardson for the last 2 seasons having to bowl 20 overs a day in the championship. Names mentioned in the article have not improved in fact some gone backwards Failure by the club to sign a bowler spells another poor season to suffer at New Road. However for those running the club results don't seen to matter. I urge members to ask questions of the cricket board at the AGM. However I expect there will be the same old excuses from New Road, flooding and lack of money. johnmere

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