Pre-Match Pack: Yorkshire Vikings

Saturday 8th July 2017
Written by Danny Painter

Gary Wilson has named a unchanged 14-man squad to play Yorkshire Vikings in the sold-out NatWest T20 Blast fixture at Chesterfield on Saturday 8 July; 2.30pm start.

The Falcons enter the match off the back of a convincing seven-wicket win over defending champions Northants Steelbacks, with Luis Reece leading the way with 75 not out off 51 balls.

Next up for Derbyshire is the big local derby versus Yorkshire Vikings which will be played in front of a capacity crowd at Queen’s Park.

Matt Henry will lead the bowling attack alongside Hardus Viljoen, who took 3-28 off four overs on Friday evening at Northampton. Both have been clocked at over 90mph.

Imran Tahir will lead the spin attack alongside fellow leg spinner Matt Critchley. Wayne Madsen provides a further spin option as well as reliable runs in the top order.

Derbyshire Squad

1. Billy Godleman
10. Luis Reece
26. Ben Slater
77. Wayne Madsen
18. Alex Hughes
9. Gary Wilson
Callum Brodrick
11. Daryn Smit
20. Matt Critchley
7. Hardus Viljoen
21. Matt Henry
15. Tom Taylor
36. Ben Cotton
99. Imran Tahir


Yorkshire Vikings Captain Tim Bresnan leads a strong Yorkshire side into this summer’s Blast including England internationals Adil Rashid, David Willey and Liam Plunkett.

New signing Tom Kohler-Cadmore and Australian international Peter Handscomb are likely to be the dangermen with the bat for the Vikings. Kohler-Cadmore averages over 25 with the bat at a strike rate of 138.63.

With two Australians amongst the Vikings’ ranks, overseas signing for the NatWest T20 Blast, Shaun Marsh will provide firepower in the top order at an average just under 40.

They can rely on a strong bowling unit with pace bowlers Liam Plunkett and the young Ben Coad, as well as spin options with Adil Rashid.

Vikings Squad: Tim Bresnan, Ben Coad, Matthew Fisher, Peter Handscomb, Tom Kohler-Cadmore, Jack Leaning, Adam Lyth, Shaun Marsh, Steven Patterson, Liam Plunkett, Azeem Rafiq, Adil Rashid, Matthew Waite, David Willey

Pre-Match Talk

Derbyshire Falcons got off to a winning start in the NatWest T20 Blast with victory over Northants Steelbacks, largely down to an unbeaten 75 from Luis Reece.

Reece said: “It’s a much better memory for me than going to hospital last time I was on this ground.

“It was a great wicket, we thought 180 was par and we were confident. The ball came really well onto the bat and it was hard to shut the batters down.

“At no stage did we ever think no we can’t do this and it’s great to get the campaign off with a win.”

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