Pre-Match Pack: Leicestershire

Wednesday 24th May 2017
Written by Danny Painter

Gary Wilson returns to the Derbyshire squad to face Leicestershire at The 3aaa County Ground, starting on Thursday 24 May; 11am.

Vice Captain Wilson has been named in a 14-man squad after returning to Derbyshire following his recent international commitments with Ireland, which included two ODIs against England and a Tri-Nation Series versus New Zealand and Bangladesh in Dublin.

Batsman Charlie Macdonell has also been added to the squad that lost to Worcestershire last time out, while Cricket Derbyshire Academy in partnership with the University of Derby fast bowler Alfie Gleadall has been named in the squad after impressing with the Second XI.

Paceman Rob Hemmings, who recently returned from injury, could make his first senior appearance of the season, but fellow quick bowlers Hardus Viljoen and Will Davis both remain unavailable through injury.

Derbyshire have drawn six of their last nine matches with Leicestershire, winning two and losing one.

Derbyshire Squad

1. Billy Godleman
10. Luis Reece
26. Ben Slater
57. Shiv Thakor
77. Wayne Madsen
11. Daryn Smit
3. Charlie Macdonell
88. Jeevan Mendis
18. Alex Hughes
9. Gary Wilson
15. Tom Taylor
24. Rob Hemmings
28. Tony Palladino
Alfie Gleadall


Leicestershire currently sit seventh in the Specsavers County Championship with two defeats and two draws from their four matches.

Last time out, Leicestershire drew a high-scoring match with Kent at Grace Road, with Colin Ackermann hitting 89 and Dieter Klein taking four wickets.

Ned Eckersley has hit 368 first-class runs so far this season and will slot into the middle order alongside the experienced Mark Cosgrove who will lead the side.

All-rounder Ben Raine re-joins the squad having taken 13 wickets in first-class cricket over five matches. Clint McKay and Dieter Klein will provide experience in the bowling department.

Leicestershire Squad: Cosgrove (capt), Ackermann, Chappell, Dearden, Eckersley, Griffiths, Hill, Horton, Klein, McKay, Pettini, Raine, Sayer.

Pre-Match Talk

Vice Captain Gary Wilson wants the Derbyshire squad to focus on their skill levels and have the right attitude during the Specsavers County Championship match against Leicestershire.

Wilson said: “It was disappointing to lose wickets in clusters on the last day, but we have a good opportunity now to play on our home ground again against Leicestershire and hopefully we can put in a good performance.

“If we look after our own game and do the right things then hopefully we can come out on the right side of the result.

“We have to play each ball as it comes as a batter and bowl each ball as a bowler. If we can nail our skill levels and have the right attitude, then hopefully the results down the line will take care of themselves.”

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