Pre-Match Pack: Durham

Sunday 2nd June 2019
Written by Danny Painter

Leus du Plooy comes into a 12-man Derbyshire squad for the Specsavers County Championship match away to Durham, starting on Monday 3 June at 11am. 

The left-hander, who scored 222 runs at an average of 55.50 in the Royal London One-Day Cup, is back in contention for a spot after recovering from a dislocated finger.

Buoyed by their 65-run victory over Leicestershire last time out, Derbyshire will be aiming for back-to-back County Championship wins for the first time this season.

Wayne Madsen top-scored in both innings at the Fischer County Ground and is likely to continue at number three, with Billy Godleman, Luis Reece and Tom Lace completing the top-order.

The Derbyshire bowlers starred in the win over Leicestershire, and the pace attack of Tony Palladino, Ravi Rampaul, Logan van Beek and Reece will all be hoping to be among the wickets again at Durham.

Palladino claimed seven wickets in Leicester, with the final wicket of Muhammad Abbas being his 400th in County Championship cricket. He is likely to continue leading the attack at Emirates Riverside.

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
37. Logan van Beek
28. Tony Palladino
14. Ravi Rampaul


Durham will be aiming for a first Specsavers County Championship win of the season after picking up 14 points from their first four games. 

In their most recent match, Durham were beaten by Gloucestershire, who claimed a six-wicket victory in a low-scoring game. Matt Salisbury took six wickets in the match at a cost of 71 runs.

Jack Burnham is their highest run-scorer so far this campaign. He has 213 runs at an average of 26, while Gareth Harte has scored 201 runs in eight innings for the county.

The experienced Chris Rushworth (19) and fellow seamer Salisbury (16) are into double figures for wickets at an average of 17 and 23 respectively.

Pre-Match Talk

Billy Godleman says Derbyshire will not be taking Durham lightly in their Specsavers County Championship game. 

It was only four games ago that Godleman’s side got their campaign off to the best possible start with a win over Durham at The Pattonair County Ground.

The Derbyshire captain says that the team will not be getting carried away with that victory, and that sticking to their game plan is the best chance of success.

He said: “Sometimes it can help because you know you have played against a bowling attack recently, or you have bowled at a batter recently and you know what they are about, but sometimes you can know too much.

“I think if we are able to consistently stick to the game plan that we have spoken about, and keep putting ourselves in positions to win games of cricket, which we have done in every game this season, then we will win more games than we don’t.”

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