Bowling options please Barnett

14 April 2018 01:39:03 EST

Derbyshire cricket adviser Kim Barnett says he is excited by the firepower the current team has.

The Midlands county have added South Africa fast bowler Duanne Olivier and West Indies veteran Ravi Rampaul to bowling stocks that already included another former Proteas paceman in Hardus Viljoen.

"Much as I was a batsman mainly by trade, you know bowlers win you matches, certainly in the longer format," Barnett said.

"If we can get the younger seam bowlers through they will learn from these guys. It might be a good little marriage, senior guys with skills hopefully passing stuff on to the junior element, because we've got to bring through academy players, financially as much as anything for the club.

"I think we are where we want to be now, I can understand people saying we've bought skills in but we want to compete and we want members and supporters to have a competitive side, so that's why we've done this while Mal Loye develops the academy.

"We have a number of promising young bowlers at the club and it's important we continue to maximise their development."

Billy Godleman's team won three times in Division Two last year but have not been successful in a home Championship match since 2015.

Youngster Will Davis - a former England Under-19 seamer - will hope to put an injury-hit 2017 behind him to work in tandem with the club's bowling imports.

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