Ex-West Indian one-day player Darrel Brown takes the helm at St Barnabas Cricket Club

Herald Sun article.

Victoria, Australia - Former West Indian cricketer Darrel Brown has arrived at St Barnabas Cricket Club with a wealth of experience and a winning mentality.

The 40-year-old all-rounder, who played first class cricket for Trinidad and one-day cricket for the West Indies, has joined the Eastern Cricket Association club as captain-coach after stints at Victorian Turf Cricket Association clubs Hoppers Crossing, Airport West and Keilor.

Brown said while improving the XI, which will contest the Wright Shield, was important winning was the priority.

Darrel Brown, seen here during his days as coach at Hoppers Crossing, has taken over as captain-coach at ECA club St Barnabas.

“The main thing for me is winning and winning promotion up divisions, I told the club I’m here to win,’’ he said.

“I’m happy if the guys give me everything and we lose, I’m cool with that. But, if we don’t do it right, that’s when I get annoyed.

“But, I’m from Trinidad and Tobago, I don’t stress out.

“I bring experience and a bit more professionalism but at the same time I need to remember they aren’t professional cricketers, they are local cricketers who play on a Saturday for fun. It’s about fun.

“I’ve got to bring that balance.’’

Brown had links to the club, having played with and against some St Barnabas players in a mid-week competition over the past few years.

Darrel Brown rolls the arm over. Photo: Kris Reichl

He plans to move to the south-eastern suburbs, from Point Cook, with his young family.

He believes a fresh start will reinvigorate his own form.

“After 12 years in the VTCA it was time for a change, my form over the last few years has not been the best form. My bowling has been pretty good but my batting probably hasn’t, being captain and batting all over the place,’’ he said.

“It’s a fresh start and a new challenge for me as captain-coach.

“At this stage I plan to bat at four in two-day cricket and open in the one-dayers, but I’ll wait and see what stock I’ve got first. My job is to get the best out of the players and that’s the challenge.’’

First Published In The Herald Sun.

Tue, 07/08/2014 - 01:35