Essex County Cricket Club are pleased to report that Bowling Coach, Donovan ‘Don’ Miller has left the Eagles for Caribbean Premier League side Jamaica Tallawahs.
Writes Matt Lee…
Miller first moved to the UK back in 1998, after previously representing Melbourne Cricket Club. The former Coach Of The Year award winner from 2011-12 has recently been working as a bowling coach and an elite performance support coach, the latter role involves him working alongside the development squads at Essex.
Miller announced his arrival in Jamaica through Twitter:
I am absolutely delighted to be joining the Tallawahs. I have put a lot of effort in over the years to ensure I keep getting better as a coach, furthermore I am very excited about the prospect of building a relationship with a mix of some very experienced and talented young players, coupled with an energetic and enthusiastic head coach Paul Nixon, this can only be positive for the environment.
Miller continued to state how grateful he was for his new role; “I would like to thank the management team at the Jamaica Tallawahs for giving me this opportunity, I can’t wait to get started.”
Essex County Cricket Club would like to thank Don for his fine work with the Eagles and wish him well for the future.
You can read the full press release below:
Hero Caribbean Premier League (CPL) season is very important to the Jamaica Tallawahs, the need and demand from the fans to lift the trophy is growing louder. This call has influenced the addition of Donovan ‘Don’ Miller as bowling coach. The Tallawahs took to social media recently to offer sentiments of welcome to Miller and confirmed his status as bowling coach for the 2016 season.
Miller, who has previously represented Melbourne Cricket club in Jamaica before leaving for the UK in 1998. Between 2000-2012, he the went on to play played semi-professional cricket, in the Middlesex, Essex and Hertfordshire leagues. His resume is backed by his ECB 3 completed Diploma and is currently pending completion of his ECB 4. Added to that, Miller was voted Coach Of The Year 2011-2012. In 2000-2014, he then was employed in club/community coach, during that period I managed to get all my coaching badgesWith his experience representing Essex, Derbyshire 2nd 1X and minor counties for Hertfordshire. Dono, as he is affectionately called, prior to his contract with the Tallawahs, has also been working as an elite performance support coach at Essex county cricket club, whereby he actively supports the development squads, the high-performance academy, as well as supports the head coach with the bowlers in the 1st team.
Miller, who also shared his joy via twitter much like coach Paul Nixon, had this to say, “I am absolutely delighted to be joining the Tallawahs. I have put a lot of effort in over the years to ensure I keep getting better as a coach, furthermore I am very excited about the prospect of building a relationship with a mix of some very experienced and talented young players, coupled with an energetic and enthusiastic head coach Paul Nixon, this can only be positive for the environment.” Miller, further shared his gratitude for the position, “continuing, I would like to thank the management team at the Jamaica Tallawahs for giving me this opportunity, I can’t wait to get started.”
Mohammad Khan, General Manager of the Tallawahs, added a very similar sentiment to Miller, post signing of official contracts last week to affirm his position. Khan stated, “We are excited to announce the appointment of Donovan Miller as our bowling coach. Donovan brings experience, expertise, and enthusiasm. We believe he will be an asset not only to experienced bowlers like Andre Russell and Dale Steyn, but also our promising core of young bowlers like Kesrick Williams, O’Shane Thomas and Rovman Powell.”
Tallawahs, being confident in the appointment of Miller, stated that this appointment is something that can only positively aid the team going forward.
The Jamaica Tallawahs are encouraging home fans in Kingston to support all four games which is set to take place on July 15th, 16th, 18th and 20th respectively at Sabina Park, Kingston.