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Re: Dimitri Mascarenhas
Posted by: Supporting Middlesex since 1999
Date: 18/02/2020 19:36
It is interesting that Middlesex have appointed someone with the job title of ‘bowling coach’ for Twenty20 cricket, but have not done so in the two other formats, although I believe that 2nd XI coach Alan Coleman helps out with our bowlers for those competitions.

The appointment of Dimitri Mascarenhas as bowling coach for our T20 campaign in 2019 seemed to be a success, as Tom Helm, Steven Finn and Toby Roland-Jones played in all of our matches and impressed at various points (the same was true of Nathan Sowter, but I don’t know if he worked with Mascarenhas), while we made a rare exertion into the knockout stages, so it seems like a great idea to engage Mascarenhas for two more seasons.

I can’t help feeling that success or failure in the T20 Blast can come down to how well we start our campaign. For example, a lot of our campaigns have started with hope, only for us to get off to a bad start, not be able to recover, and end up with an unsettled side. However, by contrast, our campaign in 2019 didn’t see us suffer any back-to-back defeats until our 12th group match, which meant that our side remained settled, particularly in the bowling department. We will have to see whether or not form, fitness, international call-ups and other issues will enable us to have a settled bowling line-up in 2020.

Considering the departures at the club in recent months, it would seem more logical that we sign some batsmen or a batting coach than bring in Miguel Cummins and re-engage Mujeeb Ur Rahman and Mascarenhas. However, I suppose another school of thought is that the fact that our batting department is set to be weaker is all the more reason to ensure that our bowlers can minimise the scores our batsmen have to chase or that our bowlers can defend low scores.

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