While all of his team-mates are enjoying a well-earned break after a busy season, Somerset fast bowler Adam Dibble is still hard at work in the gym at the County Ground bidding to return to full fitness and join in with the rest of the squad when they return for winter training on November 2.
The 21-year-old hails from Sidmouth, and made his first appearance for Devon in 2009. He graduated through the Academy at the County Ground and made his senior debut for the Cidermen in 2011.
The 6ft 4in paceman made a good start to the 2012 campaign and in the second match of the season against Warwickshire at Edgbaston, he sent down 13 overs, two of which were maidens and took three wickets for 42, his career best in the LV= County Championship.
Sadly Dibble has not played since then because of an ongoing knee problem which resulted in surgery.
“I had something called a tripartite patella, which means my kneecap was in three parts with each piece pulling way from the other so I had an operation to sort it,” he said. “It wasn’t a one-off injury, it was probably something that has progressed and got worse and had to be sorted out.
“We tried injections to see if they would get me through the summer but it didn’t work so I had surgery, which had to be done with a view to my long-term future.”
Regarding his progress, Dibble said: “Things have all gone to plan. The surgeon is happy and he has signed me off. My rehab is all going well, and I hope to be starting to bowl again in the next few weeks, so all of the signs at the moment are looking very positive.
“My number one priority is to get back to full fitness so I need to come into the gym to do all of my rehab work. It’s a bit lonely sometimes, but there are still a few faces about occasionally.”
Talking about his last Somerset game he said: “In that game I proved to myself that I can compete at that level, which probably made it all the more frustrating that I had to miss out the rest of the season, when I had done well and got my place in the team.
“I hoped then that I could keep on performing but it wasn’t to be and with so many injuries in the side it’s likely I would have been a regular first teamer, which makes it all the more frustrating for me.”
Dibble however is philosophical about the situation.
“There is a reason for everything and you have to take it on the chin because its all part of being a professional cricketer,” he said. “I need to get fit, get strong and get back to bowling so I can compete for my place in the Somerset first team again in 2013.”