Pre-Match Pack: Leicestershire

Sunday 26th May 2019
Written by Danny Painter

Derbyshire name an unchanged 12-man squad for the Specsavers County Championship match away to Leicestershire, starting on Monday 27 May at 11am.

Billy Godleman’s side will be hoping to bounce-back from a narrow two-wicket defeat to Glamorgan when they arrive at The Fischer County Ground.

Luis Reece (111) hit his first red ball century of the summer against the Welsh county and he is set to continue at the top of the order alongside Godleman, while Wayne Madsen and Tom Lace make up the top four.

All-rounder Anuj Dal hit a career-best 64 and put on two 50-run last-wicket stands with Ravi Rampaul in Derby and he is set to retain his place in the lower-order.

Tony Palladino passed 350 wickets for Derbyshire in all forms during the match with Glamorgan and he is set to continue, offering Godleman control and swing with the new ball.

Fellow seamer Rampaul claimed eight in the match, including a tenth first-class five-wicket haul and he will lead the pace attack for Derbyshire.

Derbyshire Squad

1. Billy Godleman
10. Luis Reece
77. Wayne Madsen
27. Tom Lace
18. Alex Hughes
16. Harvey Hosein
20. Matt Critchley
65. Anuj Dal
37. Logan van Beek
28. Tony Palladino
14. Ravi Rampaul
32. James Taylor


Leicestershire sit eighth in Specsavers County Championship Division Two, one place below Derbyshire, but on the same number of points – 35 from three games.

Last time out, Leicestershire drew with Middlesex at Lord’s in a rain-affected match during which Colin Ackermann hit 63, 70 not out and took three wickets. The all-rounder is averaging 57.75 with the bat, including three-half-centuries.

He has nine wickets with the ball, while former Derbyshire man, Tom Taylor, leads the way with 14 at an average of 24.57.

Paul Horton (201) has also scored more than 200 runs, while Chris Wright has nine wickets since joining from Warwickshire.

Pre-Match Talk

Billy Godleman wants his side to take the positives from the thrilling four-day match with Glamorgan into the fourth-round match with Leicestershire.

Speaking to BBC Radio Derby after the two-wicket defeat to Glamorgan, Godleman praised the application of his players and expects to see more positive results if they continue to develop.

He said: “We were disappointed to lose the game, but I am thoroughly proud of the team and their efforts across the four days.

“I thought that we played some really good cricket and we did not always get the run of the game, which can happen at times, but in terms of the application and effort; I am really proud to be captain of this team.

“Led by Dave Houghton, we are trying to play cricket and develop people, but play cricket in the right way. Obviously, our main aim is always to win, but I think we are ticking all of those boxes at the moment.

“I am sure that if we keep playing as we are, on the surfaces that we have at home, the results will come.”

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