Pre-Match Pack: Glamorgan

Sunday 25th June 2017
Written by Danny Painter

Captain Billy Godleman has named a 15-man squad ahead of the county’s first ever day/night first-class fixture versus Glamorgan in Cardiff, starting Monday.

The teams will use a pink Duke ball, rather than the traditional red, which will make the ball easier for the batsman to pick up through daylight, dusk and under floodlights.

The match will start at 2pm, with the second session starting at 4.40pm and the final session at 7pm. The scheduled end of play is 9pm.

Jeevan Mendis will make his final appearance for Derbyshire before the arrival of Imran Tahir at the end of the month. While 16-year-old off-spinner Hamidullah Qadri has also been included in the squad and could make his first-class debut.

Luis Reece has been cleared to play after recovering from a viral infection. He could feature at the top of the order alongside Godleman, who has scored 511 runs in the competition so far, at an average over 51.

Hardus Viljoen and Will Davis, however, remain absent through injury but continue their rehabilitation ahead of the NatWest T20 Blast. Ben Cotton, Rob Hemmings and Tom Milnes come into the squad providing additional fast bowling options.

Derbyshire Squad

1. Billy Godleman
10. Luis Reece
26. Ben Slater
57. Shiv Thakor
77. Wayne Madsen
18. Alex Hughes
9. Gary Wilson
11. Daryn Smit
88. Jeevan Mendis
15. Tom Taylor
8. Tom Milnes
28. Tony Palladino
24. Rob Hemmings
36. Ben Cotton
75. Hamidullah Qadri


Glamorgan currently sit sixth in the table in the Specsavers County Championship Division Two with two wins, two draws and three defeats from their seven matches.

The Welsh county have played one game more than Derbyshire and last time out suffered a nine-wicket defeat to Durham.

Andrew Salter and Colin Ingram are the in-form men with the bat, averaging 61 and 51 respectively in the Specsavers County Championship so far this season.

Michael Hogan (22) and Lukas Carey (21) have both taken over 20 wickets, whilst Timm van der Gugten has claimed 14 in three matches at an average of 23.

Glamorgan Squad: Yet to be announced.

Pre-Match Talk

Godleman says the Derbyshire squad are well acclimatised to the pink ball and are prepared to adapt to the conditions when they take on a dangerous Glamorgan side.

He said: “We had a week off for rest and recovery as well as time away from each other, which I think is always healthy at appropriate times throughout the season.

“But we then came back to training a did a lot of Twenty20 work with John Wright, bringing together the wider squad to include some players from the Seconds who will feature in the NatWest T20 Blast.

“We also worked with the pink ball to get acclimatised to that. Apart from training with it this last week, I’ve never played with a pink ball but I understand it can swing and do things off the surface as the seam is pronounced.

“This is something to bear in mind whilst we’re batting and also when we’re bowling with a ball that can deteriorate quickly.

“Glamorgan are a dangerous team with some really good, experienced cricketers. We need to concentrate on what we need to do and adapt to the change in conditions during the day/night match.”

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