Pre-Match Pack: Sussex

Saturday 18th August 2018
Written by Danny Painter

Derbyshire name a 13-man squad for the Specsavers County Championship match against Sussex at Hove, starting on Sunday 19 August.

Billy Godleman’s side return to red ball cricket after the Vitality Blast campaign and with six Specsavers County Championship matches left to play, Derbyshire sit sixth in Division Two on 86 points, just one point behind Middlesex in fifth.

All-rounder Sean Ervine is included in the squad and could make his Derbyshire debut after joining on an initial 28-day loan from Hampshire.

Overseas bowler Lockie Ferguson will also be available for selection after extending his stay with the Club to the end of the season. He has played 33 first-class matches for Auckland and has taken 124 wickets at an average of 23.26, with best figures of 7-34.

Last time out in this competition, Matt Critchley starred with the ball, claiming match-figures of 10-194 as Derbyshire ran out 39-run winners over Northamptonshire at Queen’s Park.

Earlier in the match at Chesterfield, Wayne Madsen recorded his 27th first-class century for the Club and he is set to continue in the middle order, alongside all-rounder Alex Hughes, who claimed 17 wickets in the Vitality Blast.

Fast bowler Hardus Viljoen will have fond memories of first-class cricket at Hove, having claimed 7-80 and 8-90 in the victory away to Sussex in 2017. He is set to continue leading the pace attack, alongside Ferguson.

Harvey Hosein will take the gloves while Gary Wilson joins up with Ireland to face Afghanistan in a One-Day International and Twenty20 series.

Young seamer Alfie Gleadall has been ruled out for the remainder of the 2018 season with a lower back stress fracture. Luis Reece continues to recover from a metatarsal injury suffered at the end of May, whilst fast bowlers Will Davis and James Taylor all miss out through injuries.

Derbyshire Squad

26. Ben Slater
1. Billy Godleman
77. Wayne Madsen
18. Alex Hughes
87. Sean Ervine
20. Matt Critchley
16. Harvey Hosein
65. Anuj Dal
28. Tony Palladino
7. Hardus Viljoen
69. Lockie Ferguson
75. Hamidullah Qadri
41. Ravi Rampaul


Sussex will be looking to continue their promotion push after the break in red ball cricket for the Vitality Blast.

The south-coast side are second in Specsavers County Championship Division Two on 121 points, seven behind leaders Warwickshire and six ahead of third-placed Kent.

Ben Brown is the leading run-scorer for Sussex, with 526 runs at an average of 47.81 with five half-centuries to his name. Michael Burgess, Harry Finch and Philip Salt all have at least 400 runs, whilst all-rounder Luke Wright provides options with both bat and ball.

Jofra Archer has 19 wickets in just three matches, while Ollie Robinson is the leading wicket-taker with 35 at an average of 21.34.

Sussex Squad: To be announced.

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