Derbyshire have named a 13-man squad for the final home Royal London One-Day Cup fixture of the group stages, against Lancashire on Sunday 3 June, 11am start.
The Falcons head into the fixture top of the Royal London One-Day Cup North Group on eight points after six games. With two other teams on eight and two on seven points, the Falcons will be aiming for victory to help their quest to secure a top-three finish.
Luis Reece remains unavailable, having been ruled out of the remainder of Derbyshire’s Royal London One-Day Cup group stage matches with a broken metatarsal in his right foot.
Billy Godleman hit an unbeaten 125 in the 51-run win over Northants Steelbacks last time out and heads into the clash with Lancashire having scored 430 runs at an average of 86.
Fellow opener Ben Slater has struck 335 runs, including 94 at Northants, at an average of 67 and with three scores of 50 or more.
They are set to continue at the top of the order whilst Wayne Madsen and Gary Wilson provide experience in the middle, alongside all-rounders Alex Hughes and Matt Critchley, and young batsman Callum Brodrick.
Ravi Rampaul is Derbyshire’s leading wicket-taker with 11, whilst Duanne Olivier continues to impress, having taken 10 wickets at an average of 18.60 and with an economy rate of 4.65.
1. Billy Godleman
26. Ben Slater
77. Wayne Madsen
18. Alex Hughes
19. Callum Brodrick
20. Matt Critchley
14. Gary Wilson
11. Daryn Smit
7. Hardus Viljoen
41. Ravi Rampaul
74. Duanne Olivier
75. Hamidullah Qadri
8. Dan Wheeldon
Lancashire arrive at The 3aaa County Ground on five points from their six matches, with two wins and one no result.
The Lightning will be fresh from victory over Leicestershire Foxes on Thursday, during which Liam Livingstone starred with the bat, hitting an unbeaten 90 off 56 balls to power his side to a nine-wicket win.
The visitors will be without Keaton Jennings, who is on England international duty. But Alex Davies and Dane Vilas offer further explosive batting options, whilst Jordan Clark provides powerful lower-order hitting and reliable seam bowling.
Graham Onions and Joe Mennie are set the lead the seam attack, whilst Stephen Parry and Matt Parkinson provide spin options.
Lancashire Squad: Liam Livingstone (C), Tom Bailey, Josh Bohannon, Karl Brown, Jordan Clark, Steven Croft, Alex Davies, Haseeb Hameed, Rob Jones, Joe Mennie, Graham Onions, Matt Parkinson, Stephen Parry, Dane Vilas
Billy Godleman hopes the Falcons can continue improving and execute their skills to get closer to a knockout place with victory over the Lightning.
Derbyshire put in a professional and well-managed performance to earn a 51-run win over Northants Steelbacks and the 29-year-old wants his side to take that form into Sunday’s crucial game.
He said: “Hopefully we can do it in this next game. We enjoy playing cricket at home and have had a couple of good wins at home.
“We enjoy the games coming thick and fast and the guys will recover then come strong on Sunday.
“Not just this season, but over the last 24 months in white ball cricket, we have proven we’re a dangerous team and can beat anyone on our day.
“We need to play somewhere between 90 and 100 per cent and thankfully we’ve been able to do that and that’s the plan again for Sunday.”
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Derbyshire vs Lancashire Lightning – Sunday 3 June