England fast bowler Jade Dernbach says the key to Surrey’s form in the t20 format has been in the preparation ahead of Finals Day at Edgbaston this Saturday.
The Kia Oval based outfit are set to participate in County Cricket’s showpiece event when they face tournament favourites Hampshire in the second semi-final at Birmingham.
Surrey finished second in the Friends Life t20 South Group, below Hampshire before knocking out Somerset in a heated quarter-final as Dernbach impressed taking 2-30 which included the wicket of Nick Compton.
That is in stark contrast to last year where they struggled in the shortest format in the game by only winning three games and finishing bottom and Dernbach has revealed the reasons behind the success.
“We’ve been quite lucky this year as we had preparation days ahead of games where in years gone by we didn’t have that luxury so this year we really identified that as a major role for us in terms of knowing each other’s role.
“That’s enabled me to show off my skills at the right time of the game. I’ve got full trust in what the other guys are doing in their jobs so I can express myself.”
The England man has played in 23 International T20’s and 24 One Day Internationals but his role has changed for his county this season by not taking the new ball.
Dernbach has taken 16 wickets at an average of 13 to underline his importance to the Surrey attack as he explains how he has adapted.
“I’ve not opened the bowling too much this year unless we’ve been defending really low scores when we’ve looked to get wickets.
“I’ve came into the attack around the fifth over for maybe just one over to save myself for the middle and end of the innings where I know I can put a strangle hold on teams. When you close teams down in the middle of t20 games it makes the end a whole lot easier.
“The management had talked about it and Gaz Batts (Surrey captain Gareth Batty) mentioned it to me and asked what I thought about not taking the new ball and explained his thoughts.
“We gave it a try and it seemed to work really well so within the structured role we’ve had some flexibility where I have opened if we want early wickets.”