Dilshan to make four-day return at Grace Road

Thursday 6th August 2015
Written by Danny Painter

Sri Lanka batsman Tillakaratne Dilshan makes his four-day return for the county as Derbyshire take on Leicestershire in the LV= County Championship at Grace Road; starting tomorrow.

Dilshan returned to Derby prior to the Royal London One-Day Cup victory against the same opponents on Tuesday and will now be available for both formats for the remainder of the season.

Opening batsman Ben Slater returns to the Derbyshire squad, with Warwickshire loanee Tom Milnes included in the squad for the first time.

Derbyshire will be looking to build on a seven-wicket victory against Northamptonshire at Wantage Road last time out, where Alex Hughes (111 not out) scored his maiden first-class hundred in the first innings after Mark Footitt had earlier claimed 5-41 to dismiss Northants for 116.

DERBYSHIRE squad to play Leicestershire:
1. Billy Godleman
26. Ben Slater
22. Chesney Hughes
77. Wayne Madsen
5. Tillakaratne Dilshan
3. Wes Durston
18. Alex Hughes
57. Shiv Thakor
16. Harvey Hosein
20. Matthew Critchley
28. Tony Palladino
36. Ben Cotton
4. Mark Footitt
–. Tom Milnes


Leicestershire sit at the foot of the Division Two table after recording one victory and eight defeats from their 11 fixtures so far this season.

They suffered a 155-run defeat to Gloucestershire last time out despite Clint McKay (5-59) and Charlie Shreck (5-82) both claiming five-wicket hauls during the match.

The likes of Ned Eckersley and Captain Mark Cosgrove provide the spine to the Leicestershire batting lineup, while Aadil Ali has recently found some form in the Royal London One-Day Cup.

They are also set to include bowling all-rounder Ben Raine in their lineup, who has claimed 44 LV= County Championship wickets at 27.09 this season.

LEICESTERSHIRE squad to play Derbyshire:

Cosgrove (capt), Agathangelou, Ali, Eckersley, Freckingham, Hill, McKay, O’Brien, Raine, Robson, Sayer, Shreck, Taylor.

Derbyshire take a trip to Durham on Monday 17 August before returning to The 3aaa County Ground for the final game of the group stages versus Worcestershire on Tuesday 18 August. Kids go FREE and Adults can save £4 on their admission by purchasing in advance.

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