A desire to ‘put things right’ will drive Peter Moores when he embarks on a fresh two-year contract as Nottinghamshire’s head coach next season.
Moores, who took Notts to the semi-finals of the Royal London One Day Cup and the Vitality Blast, acknowledged that the summer of 2019 had been one of his most difficult after the club were relegated to Division Two of the Championship, having barely scraped together half the points total of seventh-placed Warwickshire in the eight-team first division.
“I want to put things right,” said Moores. “We’re in a tough place at the moment, but I’m passionate about this club and I want to see us through this next period.
“We played some very good white-ball cricket in 2019 and we’re determined to remain one of the country’s most consistent forces in those formats. But it hurts me every day that we’ve been nowhere near the required standard with our red-ball cricket.
“We have to accept that the Second Division is the place we deserve to be based on the way we’ve played. We’ve now got to work harder than ever and fight to get back to where we want to be.”
Nottinghamshire failed to win any of their 14 Championship matches, amassing 10 defeats and four draws for their 67 points, compared to Warwickshire’s three wins, six losses and five draws for 131 points.
The Outlaws lost their Blast semi-final to Worcestershire Rapids in extraordinary circumstances. Needing 11 to win with eight wickets in hand, Notts lost three batsmen in the penultimate over and, with only six runs required off the final over, they managed just five. Notts were also thumped by 115 runs in the Royal London Cup semi-finals by Somerset, who set them a lofty target of 338 runs to win.
Moores, who coached England from 2007-09 and 2014-15, joined Nottinghamshire in 2015 as a consultant before taking on the new head coach role at the end of the following year. He won the white-ball double with the Outlaws in 2017 as well as promotion to Division One of the County Championship.
His tenure with Notts has coincided with a transitional period in which Michael Lumb, Chris Read and Brendan Taylor headed a list of experienced player departures, while Alex Hales and Harry Gurney opted to sign white-ball only deals.
Nottinghamshire Director of Cricket Mick Newell described Moores as one of the most dedicated and respected coaches in the game.
“He’s committed to Notts and he’s valued very highly by our players,” Newell said. “This year has been tough for everyone involved with the club. However, we all believe the squad we have assembled has the talent and potential to get us back to where we need to be.”
Recent Match Report – New South Wales vs Western Australia, Sheffield Shield, 10th Match
Western Australia 1 for 85 trail New South Wales 8 for 444 dec (Smith 103, Henriques 91, Solway 65, Hughes 53, Cummins 52) by 359 runs
Steven Smith made his displeasure clear at the umpiring decision that ended his century at the SCG but had flicked the switch from T20 back to red-ball mode pretty seamlessly despite conditions and tactics that stymied his scoring rate.
Smith’s 103 was his 42nd first-class century, taking him past 1000 first-class runs for the year in just eight matches, and from 290 balls comfortably his slowest. It was halted when he was given caught behind attempting to ramp a short ball from Marcus Stoinis over the keeper.
His frustration at the decision was obvious as he walked off and it remains to be seen whether there is any interest from the match referee. “I got given out, didn’t I. You are allowed to be disappointed at times,” he said. “I didn’t feel as though I hit it, but that happens and you’ve just got to move on.”
The century helped New South Wales to declare on 8 for 444 at tea on the second day before Australia’s possible Test attack at the Gabba found life equally tough going as Western Australia reached 1 for 85 at the close although Shaun Marsh was dropped at slip off Nathan Lyon in the final over.
Smith – who resumed the second day on 59 off 216 balls – admitted he scored slower than he would have liked on an SCG surface and outfield that made strokeplay difficult, while Western Australia deployed run-saving fields.
“I guess after playing the T20s it was about getting back into red-ball cricket, finding the right way to go about it. It was a bit slower than I would have liked, but it wasn’t easy, the wicket was pretty slow, you could see there were no slips for the majority of the innings – a bit of a ring field – and the square is quite soft as well…but it was good to spend some time in the middle.”
For the second time in the season Smith shared a large stand with Moises Henriques as the pair added 141 for the third wicket. It followed their 197-run stand against Tasmania at Drummoyne Oval and as on that occasion it was Henriques who was the more fluent as he struck 91 off 116 balls before chipping a catch to midwicket to give away a century.
New South Wales increased the tempo in the middle session with Pat Cummins compiling a neat half-century in his first match back in whites since the Ashes. A depleted Western Australia attack remained honest with the highlight being the excellent delivery from left-armer Liam Guthrie which nipped away from round the wicket to take Peter Nevill’s off stump.
Cummins and Josh Hazlewood shared the new ball, pushing Mitchell Starc to first change, but it was Starc who provided the breakthrough when he bowled Josh Philippe round his legs. It appeared as though the New South Wales quicks managed to get the ball reversing quite early and with their extra pace that could be a key advantage as they look to make it four wins from four.
Recent Match Report – Victoria vs Queensland, Sheffield Shield, 12th Match
Victoria 0 for 5 trail Queensland 183 (Hemphrey 64, Holland 3-29, Siddle 3-30) by 178 runs
Victoria bowled themselves into a strong position on the opening day at the MCG by dismantling Queensland for 183.
The wickets were shared around as Peter Siddle, still hoping to keep his name in the Test frame, and Jon Holland claimed three apiece while James Pattinson and debutant Will Sutherland claimed a brace each. Charlie Hemphrey‘s half-century kept Queensland in the contest.
It was Sutherland, with his third delivery on first-class debut, who made the opening incision in the 19th over, after sustained pressure from the Victoria quicks, when Bryce Street drove to point where fellow debutant Jake Fraser-McGurk took the catch – combined age for the wicket: 37.
Sutherland’s second came when he found Matt Renshaw’s edge from around the wicket and Victoria’s morning became even better with the last ball of the session as Siddle had Marnus Labuschagne well caught at first slip for a 28-ball duck to leave Queensland 3 for 32 from 28 overs.
Siddle struck again after the break when Nathan McSweeney was caught behind and the innings slipped to the depths of 7 for 99 as Pattinson and Holland claimed their first wickets.
The ship was steadied somewhat by a 55-run stand between Hemphrey and Mark Steketee with Hemphrey compiling 64 from 130 deliveries before he was Pattinson’s second wicket.
Holland wrapped up the innings as Steketee chopped on and Blake Edwards was caught at slip, but the final three wickets added 84 useful runs.
On a day that was interrupted by showers, Victoria’s openers got through 6.4 overs before play was ended for the final time.
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