Dibble on the road back to fitness

12:41 27 December 2012

Adam Dibble

Adam Dibble

Archant

ADAM Dibble’s comeback trail looks like taking him to South Africa as he rehabilitates from the knee injury which ruined the 2012 campaign, writes Conrad Sutcliffe.

Dibble – a scion of the Sidmouth cricketing dynasty – had to have surgery on his troublesome knee.

Back in April, the young paceman had scored 43 and captured taken three for 42, both career bests, against Warwickshire at Edgbaston, before he suffered a knee injury.

“It’s all been very frustrating for me but since the end of the season I have got progressively better and despite having a slight hamstring niggle everything is fine now. I’m pretty much up to full pace again with my bowling indoors, so it’s going well. I’m working on a few things and my main aim is to bowl that heavier ball every delivery and keep coming at the bat with every ball. My body seems to be good so far, although you are always slightly nervous getting back into bowling, especially as it’s been nearly six months since I last bowled. I am happy with the way it is going, I’m feeling strong and I’m feeling fit and it is really nice to be bowling again.’

Dibble is hoping he doesn’t have to wait until the spring to get back to bowling on grass again as he explained, saying: “At the moment we are trying to sort out a trip to South Africa for me in the New Year because its very important for me to get outside bowling again. I want to be dealing with bowling outdoors again and the recovery and get all that side of things out of the way before the new season preparations kick in over here again. I need to get overs under my belt before I start competing for a place again. I don’t want to be going straight from the indoor school to competing for a place in the team.”

Head coach Andy Hurry said he was pleased with Dibble’s progress on the road to rehabilitation: “He is now back in full-time training alongside the rest of the squad. We are looking to get him out to South Africa where he can develop his workload and progressively build-up his confidence ready for pre-season.”

Meanwhile, Dibble has been back to school to try to inspire the next generation of young Somerset cricketers.

Dibble, who attended Taunton School and graduated through the Somerset Academy before being awarded a contract by the county, spent some time at Parkfield Primary School.

Pete Sanderson, Somerset’s assistant coach, suggested to Dibble that he gave a talk and took part in a question-and-answer session with year-six pupils at the school.

Dibble explained saying: “The aim was to try to inspire the next generation of young players and I think that it went very well. I tried to explain what being a professional cricketer was all about and the progression I made from playing as a schoolboy to where I am now. When I was at school I can remember that Sanath Jayasuriya came to visit and talked to us which I found very interesting. We also had a visit from Darren Veness and a couple of other players, so it certainly worked for me. It was a good experience and I really enjoyed it. It was fun and it gave me a bit of a buzz and its something that I’d quite like to do again.”

0 comments

Other Sport Stories

11:06
Withycombe on their way to a 24-5 victory over visiting Heathfield and Waldron. Ref exsp 13-16SH 9026. Picture: Simon Horn

Withycombe player-coach Dave Sims is aiming to bow out on a high with a winner’s medal from Saturday’s RFU Senior Vase final at Twickenham.

Read more
Yesterday, 09:16
Cricket - generic picture

Ottery St Mary Cricket Club 1st XI will this weekend embark upon their first ever campaign in the third tier of Tolchards Devon League cricket under new leadership following the close season departure of title-winning skipper, Lewis Townsend, writes Ian Townsend.

Read more
Yesterday, 09:13
East Devon Hunt's Point to Point event. Photo by Simon Horn. Ref shsp 10 1273-10-11SH

It was a memorable day at the picturesque Devon venue of Flete Park for Ottery St Mary trainer Ed Walker and his jockey Josh Newman, writes Granville Taylor.

Read more
Tue, 14:47

Week three in the Honiton Netball Summer League was completed and now all the teams have played at least one game, writes Graham Ingram.

Read more
Tue, 14:27
Football generic picture

Feniton were 4-0 winners when they visited Chard Town Reserves.

Read more
Tue, 14:19

Honiton Town Reserves ended their magnificent Fresha League Division Four season with a 2-2 draw against Pinhoe.

Read more
Tue, 13:45
A great shot of a soccer ball Doni and I shot with the rest of the sports stuff. Man, the sun was hot that day!

A second hat-trick in the space of 72 hours from Max McKewan led Upottery to a 5-0 success at Westexe on Bank Holiday Monday.

Read more
Tue, 13:45

Offwelll Rangers were 5-1 home winners over Langdon on Bank Holiday Monday.

Read more
Tue, 10:59
AVR runners who took part in the Salcombe Coastal Marathon

Nine AVRs did the Salcombe Coastal Marathon on Saturday, 26 miles from Torcross to Bantham along the hilly but oh-so-scenic coast path, writes Dave Mutter.

Read more

Local Weather

Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 16°C

min temp: 8°C

Most Read Sport

Great British Life

Great British Life

Useful Links

Family notices
Advertise in the paper
Submit a Story
Submit a Story
Buy Photos
Competitions
iwitness24
Facebook
Twitter
Google Plus Page
Reader Travel

Family Notices 24

Read Online

Image
Read the Midweek Herald e-edition E-edition

Newsletter Sign Up

Local business directory

Honiton's trusted business finder

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists


Find planning applications