Drinnen discusses Netherlands' form in the CB40 as Middlesex await

Thu, May 31, 2012 9:15 PM

Drinnen discusses Netherlands' form in the CB40 as Middlesex await
There has been much hype this week about the Netherlands' fantastic start to the Clydesdale Bank 40 in which they now top Group A after playing some fantastic cricket and look for that run to continue when they face Middlesex at Lord's on Sunday.

Over the past month the Netherlands' have won four out of five of their games defeating Gloucestershire, Worcestershire, Lancashire and most recently Essex leaving them four points clear. ICC Europe speaks with National Coach Peter Drinnen about the success of the team.

Being involved in the ICC World Twenty20 qualifier a couple of months ago has allowed the team to spend a lot of time together as a unit as opposed to previous years and this has definitely had a benefit, "We were on the road touring for 5 weeks prior to the season, with the ICC World T20 qualifiers preparation and then the qualifiers themselves and then followed by the Afghanistan Series enabled us to spend plenty of time together working on our games plus building the strength of the unit. This is something we value enormously as the players openly admit when they can focus 100% on cricket it really does help with their preparation.

"Unfortunately in our world we still have largely an amateur squad who still rely on other income away from the game and balancing their cricket commitments and other matters is a significant challenge for all. Time together for us is invaluable," says Drinnen.

The dedication from the players is also another reason for the great success that is currently being had by the Dutch as Drinnen explains, "I have a truly committed and tight bunch of players who have trained extremely hard over the recent times and I would like to think when quality cricketers work hard results will follow and we have not done anything special. There is no substitute for putting in a shift in the training environment and preparing well and our guys give plenty in these areas which as coach I am extremely appreciative of and I am enjoying seeing them get the results they deserve," says Drinnen.

The Netherlands face Middlesex at Lord's this Sunday and will be looking for revenge after the 8 wicket defeat which handed the Dutch team their only defeat so far; after back to back games focus already falls to Sunday, "The lads have a hectic schedule at the moment coming off the back of the 2 matches earlier in the week, we simply got together today touched on a few areas we felt we needed to but didn't do too much. On Sunday morning prior to the match we will discuss how we go about things on and just hope all make it through the club fixtures on Saturday. The key is to have fresh legs and mind for such matches which is a challenge at this part of the season though a greater challenge for the busy counties," says Drinnen.

The CB40 is a fantastic way for Associate member teams to gain invaluable experience and help develop themselves alongside the English counties Drinnen explains, "The more quality cricket we can be exposed to the quicker our players develop. The game is mainly learnt in the middle and to continually be challenged with such opposition is a fantastic opportunity for us. We are extremely appreciative of the ECB for this opportunity," concludes Drinnen.

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