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Brangman feeling at home at St David’s

Ricky Brangman has made a seamless transition in his new role as St David's cricket coach.

The former Southampton Rangers all-rounder has come out of retirement and is making steady progress as he settles into his new surroundings at Lord's.

“It wasn't a hard decision to make because I still love the game,” Brangman said. “I will always love the game regardless of whether I'm playing or not.

“I am glad I made the decision because it's really nice down here and the players are getting to know me and I'm getting to know them.

“I am very impressed with the squad I have because everybody is listening and putting the work in.

“I am impressed with these young guys we have down here. We have a lot of young players and I'm going to see if I can get them in [the team]. It's just going to take time to get a real balance.”

Among those in Brangman's squad are his sons Ricardo and Derrick, who have joined from Southampton Rangers and Bailey's Bay respectively.

“I was surprised because at first I didn't know they were down at St David's until Justin [Pitcher, the St David's captain] told me later on,” Brangman added.

“It feels good to be coaching your sons again. I coached them at Rangers and Devonshire Recreation Club.

“I've always coached them, even when they were small playing around the yard. It's easy coaching them because they just listen and they know what type of person I am.”

Brangman made the perfect start to his coaching tenure at St David's after their win away to Somerset Cricket Club in their Premier Division Twenty20 opener last weekend.

The visiting side posted 127 for five and then restricted their hosts to 89 for six to win by 38 runs.

“I thought we could have made more runs than that,” Brangman said. “But it's only the first game and we haven't been training that long together, so I was very impressed when they went on the field. They bowled well and fielded well.”

Brangman admits he had concerns after his team were restricted to a low total.

“I wasn't comfortable at first with that total,” he added. “But I told them if we can get three wickets in the power play it would be good and it worked for us.

“It's a good win to start off and I'm sure the players are happy with that. But we still have a lot to do and so we just have to keep going on.”

Ricky Brangman has taken the coaching reins at St David's

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Published July 14, 2020 at 8:15 pm (Updated July 15, 2020 at 12:35 pm)

Brangman feeling at home at St David’s

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