May 20 2013 Latest news:
by Tom Moore
Friday, July 6, 2012
Surrey’s FriendsLife T20 overseas star Dirk Nannes would like to return to the Kia Oval in 2013 as his spell at the south Londoners comes to an end on Sunday.
The Australian fast bowler has only claimed three wickets in seven games but has restricted oppositions in almost every game.
“It’s up to them,” he told London24. “It’s up to those guys if they want me around.
“I have a great time here.
“Surrey have a good bunch of lads and they treat me well. The ball is entirely in their court.”
Despite keeping the runs tight in the powerplay overs, Nannes has been part of a side that have lost their last six games in the competition and face a battle with Middlesex to avoid the wooden spoon in the Southern group after losing to Kent on July 5.
“It was a very disappointing result against Kent,” the paceman admitted. “It just seems to keep going.
“We just can’t take a trick at the moment.
“I’ve bowled all right in a couple of games but my record doesn’t show it.
“When things aren’t going well for you. It seems that whenever it rains it pours.”
The 36-year-old, discarded prematurely by Australia, still has the pace and topped 92mph during Surrey’s 48 run defeat to Kent.
“That’s nice,” he said after hearing his fastest ball. “For the first week of this campaign I was pretty rusty after not playing a game.
“I’d only bowled to a batsman once in three months before starting. I’m starting to pick up now but it’s a crap time for the team.”
“We’ve just struggled with the bat to get good start and with the ball.
“We’ve been okay in the middle with the ball and bat to an extent.
“You’re never going to win with 100 on the board nor when you let a side strike at 10 an over. We’ve been outplayed in every game we’ve played.”
Surrey are a club in mourning after the tragic passing of 23-year-old batsman Tom Maynard, who died on June 18 after he was hit by a London Underground train near Wimbledon Park.
His funeral took place on July 4 and the 36-year-old veteran described the day as terrible to be a part of.
“The day of his funeral was one of the worst days I have had I reckon,” he explained.
“That was terrible to be part of and to be a parent of young kids.
“I don’t understand how you can bury your own. It was so hard.
“It made me go home and hug the children.”
“It’s been a terrible time for the club and for the Maynard family.”
Over 1,000 people gathered Llandaff Cathedral in Cardiff and Nannes felt that the turnout epitomised the man Maynard was.
“Yesterday was a great tribute,” he added. “It was so good to see 1,000 people there.
“There were people everywhere and I think that’s a testament to the man he was and the family they have.
“It was a very fitting way to see him off and may he rest in peace.”
The Twenty20 specialist will be plying his trade in Sri Lanka in August before travelling to South Africa for the Champions League T20.
“The Sri Lankan Premier League draft was today and I was picked up by one of the teams,” he explained.
“I’m off there next month and then it’s the Champions League T20 in South Africa with Highveld Lions.”
Despite his abilities, Nannes was cast aside by Cricket Australia in 2011, after a year where he was the leading wicket-taker at the Twenty20 World Cup, but has not given up hope on representing his country again.
“It’d be nice [to play in the 2012 edition in Sri Lanka],” he said.
“I think at 36 they kind of stamp your card.
“I got the flick when the whole Katich saga was playing out. I was kind of under the radar.
“There was a period where they were picking younger people.
“I can’t whinge about it. Who knows, maybe I do have something to offer. I’m not sitting there pinning my hopes on it.”