Pre-Match Pack: Gloucestershire

Sunday 24th September 2017
Written by Danny Painter

Derbyshire has named a 14-man squad for the final Specsavers County Championship match of the season versus Gloucestershire at Bristol, starting on Monday 25 September.

The unchanged squad from the abandoned fixture at Chesterfield will be led by Gary Wilson in Billy Godleman’s absence after the Club Captain suffered a broken bone in his hand during the victory over Sussex.

Leg spinner Imran Tahir returns to the side after representing a World XI in their Twenty20 series defeat to Pakistan this month.

Hardus Viljoen took career-best match figures of 15-170 in the 45-run win over Sussex and the South Africa paceman is set to lead the seam attack, with Harry Podmore, Will Davis and Tony Palladino providing further seam options.

Alex Hughes became the 112th Derbyshire player to be capped last week and the 25-year-old has enjoyed his best season to date, notching 658 first-class runs at an average of 35. He is likely to be joined in the middle-order by Wayne Madsen and Matt Critchley.

Derbyshire Squad

10. Luis Reece
26. Ben Slater
2. Callum Brodrick
77. Wayne Madsen
18. Alex Hughes
20. Matt Critchley
9. Gary Wilson
16. Harvey Hosein
28. Tony Palladino
7. Hardus Viljoen
44. Will Davis
25. Harry Podmore
75. Hamidullah Qadri
99. Imran Tahir


Gloucestershire currently find themselves in mid-table heading into the final round of fixtures in the Specsavers County Championship Division Two.

Last time out they drew with Glamorgan and Benny Howell, making his first four-day appearance of the season, and James Bracey made big centuries, whilst off-spinner Jack Taylor taking four wickets in the match.

Chris Dent is the next best leading batsmen, with an average of 46 and two centuries in the competition so far this season. He is likely to be joined in the top order by Taylor, who has hit 662 runs to add to his 13 wickets.

Liam Norwell leads the way with the ball having taken 59 wickets at an average of 17 so far this season. The seamer is likely to be backed up by David Payne, who has himself taken 25 wickets at an average under 30.

Gloucestershire Squad: To be announced.

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