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International stars in Derbyshire this summer

Friday 26th February 2016
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Written by Danny Painter

With less than 100 days until the first NatWest T20 Blast match of the summer at Derby, we look at the international stars supporters can see in action.

In addition to Derbyshire’s big-hitting New Zealand pair, Hamish Rutherford and Neil Broom, a number of world-renowned players will be on show during June and July.

Tickets for the NatWest T20 Blast are already on sale and selling well. Purchase yours in advance HERE to save 20%.

We’ve picked out some big names for you to look out for…

Kane Williamson, Adil Rashid and David Willey
Derbyshire Falcons vs Yorkshire Vikings, Queen’s Park, Sunday 10 July

Currently ranked at number three in the ICC Test Batsmen Rankings, Kane Williamson has previous for scoring big runs at Chesterfield.

The 25-year-old Kiwi struck a quick-fire 41 in the 2014 fixture between the two sides that teammate Adil Rashid took two wickets in as the Vikings ran out victors.

Rashid showed his Twenty20 prowess during the recent Big Bash tournament in Australia as he took 16 wickets to finish as second-highest wicket-taker in the competition.

Also playing in BBL05 was David Willey who completed a winter transfer to the Vikings from Northamptonshire and has the ability to light up a Twenty20 match with both bat and ball, boasting a batting index of over 160.

Dan Christian and Alex Hales
Derbyshire Falcons vs Notts Outlaws, The 3aaa County Ground, Friday 24 June

Explosive all-rounder Dan Christian heightened his reputation in Twenty20 cricket when he hit an enormous six that sailed out of the Gabba during a fruitful BBL05 for the Australian.

Along with teammate Alex Hales, however, Christian was part of the Notts side who were soundly beaten by Derbyshire in the 2015 NatWest T20 Blast.

Hales, now ranked the third best Twenty20 batsman in the world, will be out to show what he is capable of after being bowled first ball by Nathan Rimmington in the Falcons’ 2015 success.

Jos Buttler
Derbyshire Falcons vs Lancashire Lightning, The 3aaa County Ground, Wednesday 13 July

The Falcons will be aiming for a repeat of last season’s success over the Lightning when the two sides meet again in 2016.

One to watch out for is England wicketkeeper Jos Buttler who struck a stunning 71 from 35 balls during the televised Roses match in 2015, helping his side to a thrilling win off the final ball of the game.

Ian Bell
Derbyshire Falcons vs Birmingham Bears, The 3aaa County Ground, Friday 17 June

Recently named Bears Captain across all formats, elegant batsman Ian Bell has a point to prove in 2016.

Despite winning his fifth Ashes Series in 2015, Bell has been dropped from the England Test squad but still has more than enough ability to be a danger to any bowler in the 2016 Blast.

Clint McKay
Derbyshire Falcons vs Leicestershire Foxes, The 3aaa County Ground, Friday 3 June

Clint McKay will lead the Leicestershire attack in 2016 full of confidence after being the highest wicket-taker in the Big Bash tournament this winter.

A mainstay in the Australia One-Day squads for a number of years, McKay was even named Australia’s 2013 ODI Cricket of the Year and will be looking to improve on his economical figures of 1-22 in the Falcons versus Foxes clash of 2015.

Richard Levi
Derbyshire Falcons vs Northamptonshire Steelbacks, Queen’s Park, Sunday 3 July

Strong South African Richard Levi is set to spend a third successive summer playing for Northants and his batting index of over 170 means he is likely to entertain crowds.

In three previous Twenty20 matches versus Derbyshire, Levi averages 38.66, having hit a brutal 37-ball 69 in 2014 and 42 at Chesterfield in the hard-fought clash of 2015.

Kyle Abbott
Derbyshire Falcons vs Worcestershire Rapids, The 3aaa County Ground, Friday 2 July

Kyle Abbott has recently secured his place in South Africa’s squads for all three formats and bowled well in the recent series with England.

He has 76 Twenty20 wickets to his name including five in the two-match Twenty20 International series against England and is set to join up with Worcestershire for the latter stages of the 2016 summer.

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