Squad named for Grace Road trip

Thursday 21st May 2015
Written by Danny Painter

All-rounder Wayne White returns from injury and features in Graeme Welch’s 14-man Derbyshire Falcons squad to face Leicestershire Foxes in the NatWest T20 Blast at Grace Road on Friday, 5.30pm start.

The 29-year-old joined Derbyshire at the start of the season after spending the latter part of last season on loan at The 3aaa County Ground from Lancashire.

He has returned from injury to be included in the squad which will see him join up with the same 13 players who made the trip to Headingley to face Yorkshire Vikings in last week’s NatWest T20 Blast curtain raiser.

Hashim Amla (29), Chesney Hughes (27) and Tom Poynton (27 off 18 balls) all showed form with the bat against Yorkshire in the tournament opener last week while Ben Cotton claimed 2-19 in a game where Yorkshire were victorious by seven wickets.

Nathan Rimmington, Wayne Madsen, Tony Palladino and Jonathan Clare, however, all miss out due to injury.

DERBYSHIRE FALCONS squad to play Leicestershire Foxes:

3. Wes Durston (capt)
99. Hashim Amla
22. Chesney Hughes
57. Shiv Thakor
1. Billy Godleman
18. Alex Hughes
10. Scott Elstone
23. Tom Poynton
21. David Wainwright
27. Tom Knight
36. Ben Cotton
14. Greg Cork
11. Wayne White
4. Mark Footitt

Leicestershire Foxes are the most successful English county in T20 cricket history, winning the tournament on three occasions, with their last triumph coming back in 2011.

Their 2015 NatWest T20 Blast campaign began with a last-ball defeat against Lancashire Lightning in an absorbing encounter at Old Trafford.

Leicestershire scored 131-7 from their 15 overs in a rain-affected contest, but Lancashire’s Steven Croft hit a boundary off the final ball of his side’s innings to ensure they reached 142-5 and won by five wickets via the Duckworth/Lewis method.

The foxes are led by the big-hitting Mark Cosgrove, and have a bowling attack spearheaded by fellow Australian Clint McKay who is particularly effective in the shorter formats of the game.

New Zealander Grant Elliott provides some fire-power in the middle order, as does Ireland’s Kevin O’Brien who is capable of performing the finishing role in the closing stages of an innings.

LEICESTERSHIRE FOXES squad to face Derbyshire Falcons:

55. Mark Cosgrove (capt)
33. Ned Eckersley
88. Grant Elliott
27. Clint McKay
22. Jigar Naik
31. Kevin O’Brien
81. Niall O’Brien
9. Neil Pinner
44. Ben Raine
3. Atif Sheikh
20. James Sykes
10. Rob Taylor
19. Tom Wells

You can follow live updates on Twitter (@DerbyshireCCC) by using the #LEIvDER hashtag, plus regular updates will be available on Facebook throughout the match.

Supporters can also listen to live ball-by-ball commentary with BBC Radio Derby online.

The Falcons host their first home NatWest T20 Blast fixture on Friday 29 May (7pm start) against Lancashire Lightning at The 3aaa County Ground.

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