Q&A - Billy Godleman And Tyron Henderson
BILLY GODLEMAN - Middlesex CCC, squad number 26
Q.) Do you feel your game has developed this year and is the Twenty20 game suited to your style of batting?
A.) Both my one day game and Twenty20 game have definitely developed this year. Having the chance to play in all but two of the Twenty20 games in various conditions, venues and stages of the tournament has given me the opportunity to prove to others what I already knew; namely that I had the skills in my batting and fielding, along with the temperament on the big stage to perform. By no way am I the complete Twenty20 player in either department yet and I still have a lot to learn, but at least I showed what I could do in certain games and am really looking forward to our winter trips to the Caribbean and India.
Q.) Was the final at the Rosebowl the highlight of your brief career thus far and how did it feel to play in such an atmosphere?
A.) The final at the Rosebowl was by far the highlight of my cricket career! To be a part and contribute to winning our most hyped domestic honour for the team you support and have played for since you were 11 years of age is an unbelievable feeling. To be honest the atmosphere didn't seem much different to our normal Twenty20 matches at lords, which are always well supported. I try to treat each game, whatever the format or stage of tournament as just another game of cricket really.
Q.) What aspirations do you have for England in the future?
A) Obviously like many young cricketers, professional or grass roots, I had a dream as a youngster of playing test match cricket for my country, to score 100's galore, and to win matches and tournaments. I have been very lucky to have been given the skills and the opportunity by Middlesex to have a go at making this a reality.
Having had a taste of what it's like to win the Twenty20 domestically with Middlesex, with the way that Twenty20 cricket has taken off recently, and also with the popularity of the one day format of the game, it's really pushed my feelings to be a part of that again, not just again with Middlesex, but also with my Country, England too! I realise that I have a lot to do to keep a regular place with Middlesex and a lot more to do to become and England player, but we can all have dreams, cant we!
TYRON HENDERSON - Middlesex CCC, squad number 35
Q.) You appear to be very much at home in Twenty20 cricket and seemingly have the ability to completely block out any nerves on the big stage! How did you do this and manage to put on two such outstanding performances in both games on finals day under such pressure!
A.) If you worry about the stage you're on you'll never get anything done, so I just take it ball by ball, game by game and try not worry about what is at stake. I try control what I can and let fate take its course.
Q.) With sixteen needed off the last over in the final, you must have fancied your chances. How did you feel when Kemp hit that huge six and when Dawid's overthrow was heading towards the opposite boundary? Did you feel you'd lost it at this point?
A.) I've always said that if the opposition needs12+ off last over and I'm bowling it, I will always back myself to win the game. I never felt we had lost it at any stage; rather it was a feeling of us trying hard to make a good game of it. We kept getting in good positions then something would happen like a dropped catch or the little overthrow. They made sure the game was always going down to the wire.
Q.) What was your mindset before you started launching those sixes? Was it all predetermined big hitting, or selective cultured hitting?
A.) First off my batting has never been described as cultured; rather as uncultured or unorthodox. It is quite difficult to predetermine shots as it limits your options and it often leads to me getting out. I just take it ball by ball, try not to get ahead of myself and always try to keep calm.
Q.) Would you rate the final over you had to bowl as the most pressure you've ever been under in a game of cricket and hence would it rank up there as one of the best overs you've ever bowled?
A.) From the point of view of pressure the last over would without doubt be up there as the most pressurised over I've had to bowl. There was a fair amount riding on the outcome to say the least. It was not far from one of my best overs, because I generally got the ball in the right areas. Kemp hit me in the areas I wanted but some of them he hit too well to give the fielders a chance of getting near them before they clattered into the boundary boards.
Q.) Explain how it feels when you connect with the ball and see it sailing over the Rosebowl boundary rope and into the stands? It must be a feeling you enjoy - you did it enough times!
A.) I always enjoy myself when I go out to bat. I don't know what is going to happen, so no one else certainly has a clue either. There is nothing nicer that knowing the ball has come out the middle of the bat and that it is going to go far. It's like living on the edge of a sword because you don't always get hold of them, so live by the sword die by the sword sometimes. It is how I play because that is what people come to see and I always say we are entertainers.
Q.) How much are you looking forward to being England's 2008 Twenty20 club champions in Antigua and how do you feel you'll fair against the three sides you're playing
A.) I'm really looking forward to the trip to Antigua as I've never been there before. I think we'll do ok there. We should beat Trinidad from what I hear and that is the important game for us as it's the money game. The other two games should be interesting. In 20-20 you need one person to come off and it sets the side up for the game. So we'll just have to play the games and take it as it comes. With our side there are a few match winners who can do the job at any time, so who knows eh?