NICK HOWSON: A late Welsh Fire choice for the men’s Hundred, Derbyshire quickly dethroned Birmingham Phoenix’s Moeen Ali and Liam Livingstone in an inspired display in Cardiff
“The most exciting group of bowlers I can remember working with,” is how Kevin Shine described the battery of tailors he oversaw at an ECB bowling camp in February 2018.
Alongside Jamie Porter, Toby Roland-Jones and Reece Topley was a scruffy, raw 19-year-old George Scrimshaw. Ten days in South Africa set up the right-hand man for the rest of his career and put him firmly on England’s radar.
What followed was an injury catalog, his release from Worcestershire and a fight over his future. Derbyshire came to the rescue to keep him in county play but have been forced to scrap and grind him ever since.
If 2018 to 2021 was the rain, 2022 was the rainbow. Scrimshaw has been among the most notable bowlers on the national circuit and has repelled himself on the radar.
Moeen Ali was fired for just 10 years (Dan Mullan/Getty Images)
Richard Gleeson and James Fuller were the only setters to collect more than Scrimshaw’s 23 Blast wickets for Derbyshire. As others circled the park in embarrassment in the quarter-final against Somerset, he took 2 for 16.
Within three days in July he was back in the England picture as a Lions call-up to play against South Africa and was chosen by Welsh Fire as a men’s Hundred wildcard. . Everything was suddenly happening to Scrimshaw.
That said, he’s far from a household name or able to emulate any of his compatriots on that trip to Rainbow Nation over four years ago.
But performances like these will begin to ensure that he is consistently regarded as one of the best emerging designers on the circuit. It was a precise, deep and powerful bowling spell that secured the lethal combination of slashing runs and taking key wickets.
And they are no more important than Moeen Ali and Liam Livingstone, who travel to Australia to help England bid for the T20 World Cup.
The Phoenix skipper was caught trying to send one to the limit on the leg side, only passing one to Joe Clarke. Livingstone fell trying to pick up Scrimshaw in the pit and lost his off-stump.
Livingstone was castled trying to pick up the ball at the rope (Dan Mullan/Getty Images)
Combined with five points and only two limits, Scrimshaw’s back-to-back sets were one of the best we’ve seen in the competition. There were length variations – a fuller delivery caused Livingstone to have originally been short – but no gimmicks. Even in this condensed format, bowling fast and back one length pays dividends.
We have the chance to The cricketer to have ample opportunity to speak to the schools about their cricket programs. One of the themes is how it remains to hone red ball skills and use them as a platform for shorter forms of the sport. It’s a refreshing prospect as the professional game increasingly uses white-ball cricket to inform the selection of multi-day cricket.
And while that’s all well and good, seeing him live on a stage like The Hundred reaffirms that policy. All like-minded children will have hopefully been inspired.
Twelve runs, two wickets and just three limits on 20 deliveries was an exceptional return against an intimidating Phoenix formation. He seemed to have laid the groundwork for a first victory of the campaign, before Kane Richardson and Tom Helm helped defend 130, but again, there was little
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