Squad named for quarter-final decider

Friday 29th July 2016
Written by Lewis Angell

Derbyshire have named their squad for the crucial NatWest T20 Blast fixture versus Durham Jets at the Emirates Riverside, as the Falcons chase a quarter-final spot.

A win for the Falcons, and a defeat for either Birmingham Bears or Yorkshire Vikings, would see the Falcons qualify for the last eight for the first time since 2005.

Wicketkeeper Alex Mellor, who has agreed an initial one-month loan from Warwickshire, comes into the squad to replace the injured Harvey Hosein. The rest of the squad is unchanged from the one that beat Worcestershire Rapids at The 3aaa County Ground last time out.

Captain, Wes Durston said: “That’s what we did Friday [against Worcestershire Rapids], we won the game and then we ran off and checked the other scores.

“Obviously it will probably be the same on Friday. We just need to take care of the 40 overs up there and then get the two points, and if we are unlucky then we are unlucky, but we just have to get those two points.”

Derbyshire Squad

3. Wes Durston
1. Billy Godleman
26. Ben Slater
22. Chesney Hughes
72. Hamish Rutherford
77. Wayne Madsen
4. Neil Broom
5. Jimmy Neesham
57. Shiv Thakor
18. Alex Hughes
–. Alex Mellor
20. Matt Critchley
28. Tony Palladino
36. Ben Cotton
44. Will Davis


The Jets have lost their last two matches in the NatWest T20 Blast against Lancashire and Yorkshire and, like the Falcons, they are also in contention for a quarter-final berth.

In their last five T20 matches played at home, the Jets have an impressive record, winning four and losing just one; the latter coming most recently against Lancashire Lightning last Friday.

Durham squad: Paul Collingwood, Mark Stoneman, Keaton Jennings, Calum MacLeod, Gordon Muchall, Michael Richardson, Paul Coughlin, Ryan Pringle, Stuart Poynter, Scott Borthwick, Usman Arshad, Chris Rushworth, Adam Hickey

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