Pre-Match Pack: West Indies

Thursday 10th August 2017
Written by Danny Painter

James Taylor and Matthew Sonczak to make debuts as Derbyshire name an 11-man squad for the historic Bell & Co Tour Match versus West Indies at The 3aaa County Ground.

Senior player and bowling coach Tony Palladino will lead a largely young side, whilst Harvey Hosein will take the gloves. Ben Slater and Charlie Macdonell are likely to open the batting whilst Tom Wood, Callum Brodrick and Hosein make up the middle order.

Spinner Matthew Sonczak has been included in the side having impressed with the Derbyshire Second XI, including a return of 6-57 against Leicestershire.

Tom Taylor, Palladino, Tom Milnes and Greg Cork all offer seam options whilst Macdonell and Brodrick provide spin options.

Will Davis remains unavailable and continues to recover from a side strain suffered earlier in the season, whilst Hamidullah Qadri is on international duty with England Under 19’s. Academy pace bowler James Taylor is set to make his debut for the Club.

Derbyshire Squad

26. Ben Slater
3. Charlie Macdonell
23. Tom Wood
2. Callum Brodrick
16. Harvey Hosein
8. Tom Milnes
14. Greg Cork
15. Tom Taylor
James Taylor
Matt Sonczak
28. Tony Palladino


West Indies have plenty of options with both bat and ball which they can call upon in the day/night fixture as they continue to prepare for their Test series in England.

Young pace bowler Alzarri Joseph is one of the best young prospects in world cricket after he broke into the West Indies Test team in 2016, aged just 19.

Barbados-born Captain Jason Holder is currently ranked tenth in the ICC Test Rankings for all-rounders. Shannon Gabriel is the West Indies’ main threat with the ball after climbing his way up the 19th in the ICC Test bowler rankings.

Roston Chase threatens with the bat and is in-form for the West Indies in cricket right now, having made centuries in his last two Test matches.

Fast bowler Kemar Roach recently shone in the West Indians game against Essex claiming figures of 5-43 and is definitely one to watch.

West Indies Squad: Yet to be announced.

Pre-Match Talk

Director of Cricket, Kim Barnett says that facing off against the West Indies will be an excellent opportunity for the young side to gain experience playing at a high level.

Barnett said: “With the exception of Callum Brodrick everyone in the Twenty20 squad has been kept out of this game to give the younger players an opportunity.

“It gives them an opportunity to make their debut and to see what the first-class standard is like at this level and make the most of the experience they are getting.”

He added: “In terms of Will Davis he is back, training well and due to play for the Seconds soon, continuing his rehabilitation back to the first team.”

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