Pre-Match Pack: Lancashire Lightning

Saturday 27th July 2019
Written by Danny Painter

Derbyshire Falcons have named an unchanged squad for their Vitality Blast fixture against Lancashire Lightning tomorrow, starting at 2.30pm. 

Luis Reece scored 61 in the defeat to Notts, and will continue in the top-order alongside captain Billy Godleman, Wayne Madsen and Fynn Hudson-Prentice.

Leus du Plooy leads the way for the Falcons with the bat, having scored 127 runs across three innings so far, at an average of 42.33, he is  named in the squad alongside Tom Lace, Alex Hughes, Daryn Smit, Darren Stevens, Anuj Dal and Matt Critchley.

Ravi Rampaul has claimed six wicket at an average of 14.00 in this year’s Vitality Blast, he will continue with the ball, along with Mark Watt.

Logan van Beek picked up a mild AC joint sprain while fielding against Notts Outlaws on Friday night and will be assessed ahead of tomorrow’s match.

Derbyshire Squad

1. Billy Godleman
10. Luis Reece
77. Wayne Madsen
27. Tom Lace
76. Leus du Plooy
18. Alex Hughes
20. Matt Critchley
3. Darren Stevens
65. Anuj Dal
11. Daryn Smit
33. Fynn Hudson-Prentice
37. Logan van Beek
51. Mark Watt
14. Ravi Rampaul


Lancashire Lightning are unbeaten in the Vitality Blast so far, having won three of their opening four fixtures, with the other ending in a no result. 

Steven Croft and Glenn Maxwell both have half-centuries to their name, with the pair also the only two Lancashire batsmen to score more than 80 runs in the competition so far.

With the ball, Matthew Parkinson leads the way with six wickets at an average of 15.33, while Richard Gleeson has taken five wickets at 10.60, despite only bowling nine overs.

Pre-Match Talk

Billy Godleman wants Derbyshire Falcons to learn from their defeat to Notts Outlaws when they face Lancashire Lightning on Sunday 28 July. 

The hosts were unable to chase down the 199 runs required to beat their East Midlands Rivals, as the visitors won by 27 runs.

Godleman says that Derbyshire can take lessons from the defeat, and apply it to the fundamentals that their own gameplan is based on as the competition progresses.

“I thought we would have been more comfortable restricting them to around 180. Alex Hales and Ben Duckett played really well and with those two making a contribution that was the reason they got closer to 200 than we did,” said Godleman.

“I thought our best chance of winning the game was to restrict them to as little as possible and see how the wicket played and then be more clear about how we would then try and chase down their total.

“Reecey played excellently but for us to chase 200 you either need two contributions or for him to go on and reach three figures which is very difficult with the run rate increasing.”

Match Centre

Follow the action ball-by-ball on the Derbyshire County Cricket Club website with our interactive Match Centre.

Improved for the 2019 season, the centre will include a full scorecard, ball-by-ball updates and clips of all the key moments.

Click HERE to access the page during play.


Tickets remain available for the fixture and can be purchased online HERE

Tickets are priced at £16 for adults (£20 on the day) and £4 for juniors (£5 on the day), so buy in advance and save.

Vitality Blast is back! Derbyshire host a hat-trick of Twenty20 matches at The Pattonair County Ground in August. Buy in advance to save. Call 01332 388 101 or buy online.


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