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Pre-Match Pack: Nottinghamshire

Saturday 5th August 2017
Written by Danny Painter

Derbyshire has named a 12-man squad for the Specsavers County Championship fixture versus Nottinghamshire at The 3aaa County Ground, starting on Sunday 6 August; 11am.

Derbyshire play their first Specsavers County Championship game in a month after a break for the NatWest T20 Blast, which see the Falcons sitting in top spot of the North Group after 11 games.

Imran Tahir and potential overseas replacement Matt Henry, who is registered for the NatWest T20 Blast, will both miss the fixture due to minor injuries.

Hamidullah Qadri is also unavailable as he joins up with England under-19 squad for the five-match Royal London One-Day series against India.

Matt Critchley remains unavailable after being diagnosed with mild concussion last Sunday. He is being monitored by the Club’s medical staff through the ECB Return to Play protocol.

South African fast bowler Hardus Viljoen is set to make his Specsavers County Championship debut for the Club after missing the first part of the season through injury.


Derbyshire Squad

1. Billy Godleman
10. Luis Reece
26. Ben Slater
77. Wayne Madsen
18. Alex Hughes
9. Gary Wilson
16. Harvey Hosein
15. Tom Taylor
8. Tom Milnes
28. Tony Palladino
7. Hardus Viljoen
36. Ben Cotton


Opposition

Nottinghamshire currently sit 15 points clear at the top of the Specsavers County Championship Division Two table with five wins and four draws from their nine matches.

They will be without Stuart Broad as he continues his international duties with the England Test side, currently playing South Africa.

Samit Patel is one of Nottinghamshire’s main dangermen with both bat and ball. He is their top run-scorer this season in the competition, having scored 731 runs in his nine games, as well as taken nine wickets.

The in-form all-rounder Steven Mullaney will be available for selection and last time out the 30-year-old scored 168 and took five wickets in his side’s draw against Kent.

Alex Hales has been superb for Nottinghamshire throughout their NatWest T20 campaign, form that the England batsman will be looking to continue in the Specsavers County Championship.

Nottinghamshire Squad: Yet to be announced.


Pre-Match Talk

Derbyshire Captain Billy Godleman says his side are looking forward to the return of Specsavers County Championship cricket after a successful NatWest T20 Blast campaign so far.

Derbyshire return to red-ball cricket with the Captain in fine form, hitting 250 runs in the NatWest T20 Blast, including a career-best 70 against Worcestershire Rapids. He is aiming to transfer this form into the four-day format against a strong Nottinghamshire side.

Godleman said: “We’re all looking forward to returning to red-ball cricket. We’ve been playing some really good and positive cricket in the NatWest T20 Blast campaign and hopefully that can transfer through to four-day cricket.

“We’re all used to chopping and changing formats, this year is probably the most blocked it’s been. We’re all used to transferring our skills across.

He added: “Nottinghamshire are a very good team, but we’ve played good cricket against them across all formats so we will take real confidence into the game.”

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