Pre-Match Pack: Durham

Friday 9th August 2019
Written by Stephen Martin

Derbyshire Falcons are aiming for a second-consecutive win in the Vitality Blast when they face Durham at The Pattonair County Ground tonight (7pm start). 

Luis Reece and Wayne Madsen scored half-centuries in the win over Northants Steelbacks last time out, the pair make up a settled top order, alongside captain Billy Godleman and Leus du Plooy.

Ravi Rampaul has claimed 11 wickets in this year’s competition at an average of 10.73, he will continue with the new ball, while Boyd Rankin, Logan van Beek, Matt Critchley, Mark Watt, Alex Hughes, Fynn Hudson-Prentice and Darren Stevens providing options with the ball.

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
30. Boyd Rankin


Durham are fifth in the table after claiming six points from seven games in this year’s Vitality Blast, and are looking for their fourth win in the competition.

D’Arcy Short has scored the most runs for Durham in Twenty20 this season, compiling 258 at an average of 43, while fellow Australia international Peter Handscomb averages 56.50 across his three innings.

Matthew Potts is the only Durham play into double-figures for wickets, he has claimed ten at an average of 20.10, while Short himself has taken nine dismissals, and Nathan Rimmington has eight.

Pre-Match Talk

Wayne Madsen says that Derbyshire’s six-wicket victory over Northants Steelbacks will give the Falcons some much-needed momentum as they embark on a hat-trick of Vitality Blast home games.

The Falcons host Durham, Worcestershire Rapids and Leicestershire Foxes in the space of seven days at The Pattonair County Ground, as Derbyshire move beyond the halfway-point of the competition.

Madsen scored an unbeaten 59 in the win over Northants, and believes that confidence will be high ahead of the Durham fixture.

“Getting that win for us, and a really good run-chase, will build momentum going into the middle of the competition,” said Madsen.

“A win like this (at Northants) will hopefully show the supporters what we have got. We have been close in other games, but haven’t quite got over the line. In some of the bigger moments, we haven’t quite been on it..

“We played really well with bat and ball, so to get the supporters down and behind us for the next three important home games is going to be crucial.”


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.

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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