A Leading Edge
The idea for the book stemmed from a player that we were involved with in our coaching at Oakham School. During the 2017/18 winter programme, we began to develop a young left arm wrist spinner in the indoor school and in the build up to the start of the season it became apparent that the boy was not aware of where he should have his fielders.
The diagrams above were the first ones constructed to help the bowler learn his field settings and give him a very simple idea of roughly where he might position his fielders and where the batter might look to score runs if he pitched the ball in the right area. The bowler found this very useful and when others got to see the little reference laminate diagrams he had for his pocket they too started asking questions about their own fields for their bowling styles. So we set about constructing standard fields for attack and defence for both right and left hand batters for each bowling type.
Wes and Patrick are both ‘thinking’ cricketers with experience of captaincy at various levels of the game, with Wesley captaining Derbyshire CCC in the T20 & 50 over formats in 2015 & 2016. They both saw, through their involvement in schoolboy cricket, the need for developing players to understand the game more and begin to think more about captaincy and the game as a whole. The first book, ‘Cricket: A Leading Edge for Captains’, aims to do just that, by offering a thought provoking look at various aspects of the game from the captains point of view. The aim is to give answers to questions that captains might have about the game, but more importantly the answers given should lead to further questions and promote discussion amongst players.
About the Authors
Wesley John Durston (born 6 October 1980 in Taunton, Somerset) most recently played for Derbyshire CCC, having represented Somerset CCC between 1999 and 2009, and the Unicorns during the 2010 season. He learnt his cricket at Millfield School and is a right-handed batsman and off break bowler.
He made his debut for the Somerset Second XI in 1999 and his List A debut for Somerset Cricket Board in the 2000 NatWest Trophy. He made his first-class debut for Somerset against West Indies ‘A’ in 2002 and made his Championship debut in 2003. He made more appearances in 2005 and was particularly valuable in one day games. In 2006 he became a regular member of the team. His maiden first-class century was 146* against Derbyshire at Derby in 2005. In 2007 he featured in the Division 2 Championship winning side although his opportunities were limited before he left Somerset in November 2009 when his contract expired, having played in the T20 Champions League in India scoring 58 and 20* in his last two matches for the county.
In 2010, Durston was selected as one of 21 players to form the first Unicorns squad to take part in the Clydesdale Bank 40 domestic limited overs competition against the regular first-class counties. The Unicorns were made up of 15 former county cricket professionals and six young cricketers looking to make it in the professional game. Durston impressed with the bat in the early stages of the competition, and after a century against Sussex CCC, he was offered a contract to play Twenty20 cricket for Derbyshire CCC for the 2010 season.
The move to Derbyshire CCC proved to be successful for Durston at a time when he could have fallen out of the professional game had it not been for the opportunity given by the Unicorns and taken with performances for them. He scored their first competitive hundred (117 off 58 balls) in what was then a record domestic limited overs run chase. In just his fourth T20 match for Derbyshire CCC he scored 111 (55balls) against Nottinghamshire CCC at Trent Bridge, Durston was then offered a full playing contract, and became a permanent fixture in both the four-day and one-day Derbyshire sides.
Durston enjoyed seven seasons at Derbyshire CCC and was made ‘white ball’ captain in 2015. He scored ten centuries for them and became the first player to score a century in all three formats of the game for the club. He took four 5 wicket hauls in First-Class cricket (all for Derbyshire CCC) with a best of 6-109 vs Surrey CCC at the Oval. Wesley retired from the
professional game in 2016 and in the 2017 season scored 110* on his return to Wiltshire CCC, having previously played for the county in 2008 and 2009. He now plays for Oakham CC in the Leicestershire & Rutland Leagues and is Assistant Cricket Coach for the MCCU Men and Women’s teams and Loughborough Lightning in KSL at Loughborough University.
James Patrick Thomas Latham (born 8 October 1975) is a right-handed batsman who bowls right-arm medium pace. He was born in Hexham, Northumberland and was educated at Kimbolton School, Cambridgeshire.
Patrick made his debut for Cambridgeshire in the 1997 Minor Counties Championship against Bedfordshire. He played Minor counties cricket for Cambridgeshire from 1997 to 2002, which included 23 Minor Counties Championship matches and 4 MCCA Knockout Trophy matches. In 1999, he made his only List A appearance against Kent in the NatWest Trophy.
Patrick has played club cricket at a range of East Midlands clubs including Kimbolton, Huntingdon and Godmanchester where he captained the side in the East Anglia Premier League, before moving to Northampton Saints CC in the Northamptonshire Premier League. Patrick now represents Uppingham Town CC in the Leicester & Rutland Premier League.
Patrick has previously represented the Durham Second XI and the Somerset Second XI in Second XI cricket and has been a member of the MCC since 1999, touring with the club in 2003 to Ghana and The Gambia. His father, Michael Latham, played first-class cricket for Somerset and List A cricket for Northumberland.
Patrick is a self employed graphic designer as well as a hockey and cricket coach & senior tutor at Oakham School.