Pre-Match Pack: Yorkshire Vikings

Saturday 6th May 2017
Written by Danny Painter

Hardus Viljoen is set to make his Derbyshire debut after being named in a 12-man squad for the Royal London One-Day Cup match versus Yorkshire Vikings on Sunday 7 May; 11am start.

The fast bowler, who has missed the start of the season through injury, featured for the Second XI on Thursday, bowling six overs and hitting 32 off just 11 balls, and will now travel with the squad to Headingley on Sunday.

Gary Wilson, however, is unavailable due to his commitments with Ireland who play England in the second ODI at Lord’s on Sunday. Daryn Smit, who has claimed 107 dismissals behind the stumps in 110 List A matches, will take the gloves in Wilson’s absence.

Tony Palladino, Will Davis and Rob Hemmings all miss out through injury.

Billy Godleman has scored over 50 in four of his last five innings; posting more than 90 in three of those knocks. He is set to open the innings with Ben Slater, who is averaging 51 in the competition so far.

Derbyshire Squad

1. Billy Godleman
10. Luis Reece
26. Ben Slater
57. Shiv Thakor
3. Charlie Macdonell
77. Wayne Madsen
11. Daryn Smit
88. Jeevan Mendis
18. Alex Hughes
20. Matt Critchley
7. Hardus Viljoen
36. Ben Cotton


Yorkshire Vikings have made a strong start to the Royal London One-Day Cup, winning three of their first four matches in the competition.

Jonny Bairstow, Adil Rashid, Joe Root, Liam Plunkett and David Willey are unavailable as they join up with the England squad for the ODI series against Ireland.

Australian wicketkeeper-batsman, Peter Handscomb, will take the gloves in Bairstow’s absence and slot into the middle order, averaging 34.6 in List A cricket.

21-year-old fast bowler Matthew Waite has taken six wickets in the competition so far, at an average of under 20.

Yorkshire Vikings squad: Gary Ballance, Tim Bresnan, Karl Carver, Ben Coad, Matthew Fisher, Ryan Gibson, Peter Handscomb, Jack Leaning, Alex Lees, Adam Lyth, Steven Patterson, Azeem Rafiq, Will Rhodes, Matthew Waite.

Pre-Match Talk

Captain Billy Godleman says the Derbyshire squad know their strengths and can adapt to the opposition as they head into the Royal London One-Day Cup match away at Yorkshire Vikings.

Godleman said: “We are very pleased with the way we have gone about our batting and as a group we have managed to post two competitive totals.”

“We are almost halfway through the competition and the guys are very much into the swing of white ball cricket.

“We are very clear about our strengths in the one-day game and it’s about adapting to the conditions and the opponents you face in the moment and playing as best we can.”

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