Derbyshire Falcons vs Leicestershire Foxes
Thu 15 Aug The Pattonair County Ground
Lost by 55 runs
Pre-Match Pack: Leicestershire Foxes
Derbyshire Falcons face Leicestershire Foxes at The Pattonair County Ground tomorrow evening (7pm start), aiming to claim a third-consecutive win.
Having defeated Yorkshire and reigning champions Worcestershire Rapids back-to-back, the Falcons come into this game in fourth place and aiming to stay in the hunt for a spot in the quarter-finals.
Billy Godleman struck a match-winning 92 against the Rapids, while his opening partner Luis Reece managed 51 in the victory. The pair are set to continue in a top order that also contains Wayne Madsen and Leus du Plooy.
Matt Critchley claimed 4-36 on Tuesday night, he is named in the squad alongside fellow all-rounders Alex Hughes, Darren Stevens and Fynn Hudson-Prentice.
Seamers Ravi Rampaul, Logan van Beek and Boyd Rankin are also in the squad. The trio have taken 23 wickets between them in this year’s competition.
1. Billy Godleman
10. Luis Reece
77. Wayne Madsen
27. Tom Lace
76. Leus du Plooy
18. Alex Hughes
20. Matt Critchley
3. Darren Stevens
65. Anuj Dal
11. Daryn Smit
33. Fynn Hudson-Prentice
37. Logan van Beek
14. Ravi Rampaul
30. Boyd Rankin
Leicestershire Foxes are seventh in the North Group, a point outside of the top for with five games left to play.
Colin Ackermann tops the run-scoring chart for the Foxes in the Vitality Blast this season, having scored 242 runs across eight innings at an average of 30.25.
Ackermann also leads the way with the ball, claiming eight wickets at an average of 10.00. Seven of those came in a world record-breaking spell of 7-18 against Birmingham Bears.
Billy Godleman says that Derbyshire’s victory over Worcestershire Rapids was special, but has called on the Falcons to remain focused against Leicestershire Foxes.
The captain scored 92 to help his side beat the reigning champions by 20 runs at The Pattonair County Ground, which moved them up to fourth place in the North Group.
Godleman was delighted with the victory, but emphasised that the job is not done yet.
“We’re delighted to beat a really difficult outfit, Worcestershire are a really good team and they are reigning champions, so to beat them convincingly is really special,” said Godleman.
“We just tried to play the conditions on the day the best that we can. We knew that if we got more than 160, then we would be in with a chance of winning the game, and that’s how it turned out.
“The boys are pumped and happy with the work, but there’s still a lot of cricket and we will use the next 24 hours to rest up and go again strong against Leicestershire.”
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