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Pre-Match Pack: Durham

Saturday 27th April 2019
Written by Danny Painter

Derbyshire name an unchanged 13-man squad for the Royal London One-Day Cup match away to Durham on Sunday 28 April; 11am start.

The fixture is the third successive away trip for the Falcons, who will head into the match with confidence following on from a thrilling run-chase at Emerald Headingley to earn a tie against Yorkshire.

Captain Billy Godleman hit a record third successive List A ton in the second innings, an unbeaten 107 as his side closed on 224-3 in pursuit of 225 in just 22 overs.

He was assisted by a blistering 75 off just 37 balls from Leus du Plooy and he is expected to continue in the middle order. The South African is currently averaging 63.33 with a strike rate of 125 and two half-centuries.

Ravi Rampaul is set to lead the pace attack, while young seamers Sam Conners and Alfie Gleadall both provide further pace bowling options.

Matt Critchley will be called upon for his leg spin, while Wayne Madsen also offers economical off breaks.


Derbyshire Squad

1. Billy Godleman
10. Luis Reece
77. Wayne Madsen
27. Tom Lace
18. Alex Hughes
76. Leus du Plooy
16. Harvey Hosein
20. Matt Critchley
65. Anuj Dal
28. Tony Palladino
59. Sam Conners
14. Ravi Rampaul
17. Alfie Gleadall


Opposition

Durham will be aiming to continue their good form in the Royal London One-Day Cup, which sees them pick up six points from their four matches.

In their last fixture, Durham restricted Warwickshire to 244-8 in their innings thanks to three wickets from Brydon Carse in just his fourth List A match. The fast bowler claimed 3-52, while Matty Potts took two wickets.

Alex Lees hit 78 not out, while Graham Clark (66) and Gareth Harte (51 not out) also hit half-centuries to chase down a rain-affected total of 211 with 14 balls and seven wickets to spare.


Pre-Match Talk

In-form batsman Leus du Plooy reflected on a thrilling Derbyshire run-chase to earn a point at Emerald Headingley on Friday.

He said: “It’s a bit of a mixed bag at the moment. Overall, we can be really proud of that effort. If someone had told us at half-time we’d tie, I think we’d all be over the moon.

“It was an amazing effort from Billy at the end to soak up all of that pressure. He showed a lot of composure and guts throughout the innings.

“It’s a pity it didn’t go our way this time and we won with the last ball, but that’s cricket. That’s the beauty of it. I’m sure we’ll take a lot of positives going forward into the rest of this One-Day Cup.

“It wasn’t the best start for us with the bat, but it’s always bound to happen when you’re chasing 10 or 11 an over. I prepared myself mentally in the dressing room for that. Then, I just tried to keep it as simple as possible and not think too much about the situation of the game.”


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