Wainwright fizzing after leaving Yorkshire “bubble”

This may be a good time to ask David Wainwright if he feels he made the right move in leaving Yorkshire for a fresh start with Derbyshire.

Having passed up the option of a further year at Headingley because he wanted the chance of regular first-team cricket, the 27-year-old left-arm spinner was a match-winner on his Derbyshire debut with a career-best six for 33 in the second innings of their opening LV County Championship match against Northamptonshire at Derby.

Wainwright decided it was time to leave Yorkshire midway through last season when he dropped to third in the spinners’ pecking order behind Adil Rashid and Azeem Rafiq.

Having taken such a big step, the dream start to his new career with Derbyshire was, he said, better than he dared hope for.

“I didn’t imagine that happening at the start of the week,” he said. “I would have been happy to just pick up the odd wicket here and there and get a few runs but to finish it on a day like that was unbelievable.

“I knew before I came here I would have to do well with my batting if I was to play in early April because I probably wouldn’t be bowling many overs. Up and down the country some spinners haven’t bowled in the first game, so to get 53 overs in is a good sign of things to come at Derby, I think.

“It was a great feeling. I was quite fortunate to get the fifth but I toiled for a long time and to sneak the sixth out there and get a personal best out of it is excellent.

“I was just trying to bowl good areas and bowl tight, then mix it up now and again to get the batsmen driving out of the rough because I’m fortunate we had Mark Footitt and Ross Whiteley bowling left-arm over to create a lot of rough for the right-handers.”

Wainwright admitted that it was tough to leave the county of his birth but said he felt he had no choice. “Yorkshire is possibly the one county where it’s so difficult to leave if you are from there. You are in your own bubble there,” he added.

“It was a tricky decision but it came to the point where I had to do it for the sake of my career. In hindsight, I might have taken the decision two or three years earlier but you want to give it a good go there and I felt like I’d done that and had to take that leap.

“I felt like I’d tried enough for long enough at Yorkshire and it was time to try elsewhere.”

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