Squad released for Kent trip

Saturday 25th June 2016
Written by Danny Painter

Head Coach John Sadler has named a 13-man squad for the Specsavers County Championship match against Kent at St Lawrence Ground in Canterbury, starting on Sunday 26 June; 11am.

The squad is largely unchanged, but Shiv Thakor comes back into the fold after a minor injury stopped him taking any part in the previous match against Worcestershire.  Rob Hemmings and Will Davis both keep their places, having made their Championship debuts last time out.

Despite a washout on Day One, there were a number of positives for Derbyshire to take away from the match, with several standout performances with bat and ball for Sadler’s side.

Billy Godleman’s first double-hundred in first-class cricket and Ben Cotton’s six wickets in the match, amongst other notable displays, took most of the plaudits as Derbyshire were denied their first victory of the campaign on the final day.

Godleman said: “I’m very proud. For us to have taken 16 wickets, having made them follow on and bowled 150 overs-plus is an exceptional effort. We’ve played a lot of four day cricket this year where we’ve been either fighting to stay in the game or losing the game so to be playing on the last day and to be in charge and dominating definitely gives us a lot of confidence going into the game against Kent.”

Derbyshire squad to face Kent

1. Billy Godleman
72. Hamish Rutherford
22. Chesney Hughes
77. Wayne Madsen
4. Neil Broom
57. Shiv Thakor
26. Ben Slater
23. Tom Poynton
24. Rob Hemmings
28. Tony Palladino
20. Matt Critchley
36. Ben Cotton
44. Will Davis


Like Derbyshire, Kent drew their last game in the Specsavers County Championship, against Glamorgan in a rain-affected clash at Cardiff last week.

Despite a disappointing performance in the Glamorgan draw, opener Daniel Bell-Drummond has been drawing the plaudits for his exploits at the top of the order this season, having hit five half-centuries and one hundred so far this campaign.

When the two sides met at Derby earlier this season, Kent came out on top with experience spinner James Tredwell doing much of the damage, alongside Mitch Claydon who took a five-wicket haul versus Glamorgan.

Sean Dickson secured a double-century in the match at The 3aaa County Ground and looks to be in good form still, having hit 75 in the one innings that Kent played at The SWALEC Stadium last week.

Keeper Adam Rouse also had a good match, taking five catches during Glamorgan’s first innings, before scoring 65 batting at seven in the Kent line-up.

Kent squad: To be announced

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