Pre-Match Pack: Worcestershire

Thursday 18th May 2017
Written by Danny Painter

Derbyshire has named a 13-man squad for the Specsavers County Championship match versus Worcestershire, starting on Friday 19 May at The 3aaa County Ground; 11am.

Ben Slater is set to make his first Specsavers County Championship appearance of the season. The opener impressed during the Royal London One-Day Cup, averaging 52 across the eight matches.

Tom Taylor, Rob Hemmings and Matt Critchley are also added to the squad that appeared in the last four-day
match in April.

Daryn Smit will take the gloves for Derbyshire as Gary Wilson remains on international duty with Ireland, while Will Davis is still injured.

Fast bowler, Hardus Viljoen, misses out due to a minor injury. The 28-year-old, who took six wickets in the Royal London One-Day Cup campaign, picked up a hip flexor injury towards the end of the competition.

Director of Cricket, Kim Barnett, said: “Hardus slipped at Blackpool which caused a soreness in his hip. He has tried to play through with it, but the injury hasn’t settled since. He is being monitored by the Club’s medical staff and his recovery will be on a week-by-week basis, with the aim to get him back bowling at 90mph.

“The next time he plays we want him to be fully fit to do himself justice. But we have good depth in our bowling and the guys who have done well in the second team will now get their opportunity.”

Derbyshire Squad

1. Billy Godleman
10. Luis Reece
26. Ben Slater
57. Shiv Thakor
77. Wayne Madsen
11. Daryn Smit
88. Jeevan Mendis
18. Alex Hughes
20. Matt Critchley
15. Tom Taylor
24. Rob Hemmings
28. Tony Palladino
36. Ben Cotton


Worcestershire will be buoyed heading into the return of red ball cricket after topping the Royal London One-Day Cup North Group.

The visitors sit fourth in the Specsavers County Championship Division Two after winning their two previous games against Glamorgan and Northamptonshire respectively.

Tom Kohler-Cadmore has hit the most runs for Worcestershire in Specsavers County Championship cricket this summer, top-scoring with 102 at an average of 41.

Captain Joe Leach has taken 13 wickets, including a best of 5-60 against Northamptonshire, whilst 19-year-old Josh Tongue has nine wickets at an average under 16.

Worcestershire Squad: Mitchell, D’Oliveira, Fell, Clarke, Kohler-Cadmore, Cox, Barnard, Leach, Tongue, Shantry, Lyon, Rhodes.

Pre-Match Talk

Daryn Smit says Derbyshire can take positives from the Royal London One-Day Cup campaign but need to build momentum as they return to first-class cricket versus Worcestershire tomorrow.

He said: “We need to look back at what we did well in the first two four day games at the beginning of the season and also look back at what we didn’t do well.

“There are big improvements and positives to take from the defeats but of course, they haven’t resulted in victories for us so to get our first win and kickstart our season in this competition would be great.”

He added: “There is lots to play for and a long way to go in the competition so a win would go a long way to get us on a bit of a run and get some momentum going.”

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