Pre-Match Pack: Northants Steelbacks

Thursday 1st August 2019
Written by Danny Painter

Derbyshire Falcons have named an unchanged 14-man squad for their Vitality Blast fixture against Northants Steelbacks tomorrow, starting at 6.30pm. 

Leus du Plooy struck his second half-century in the competition this season against Worcestershire Rapids, taking his runs tally to 179 across four innings. He will continue in a top-order that also contains captain Billy Godleman, Luis Reece and Wayne Madsen.

Fynn Hudson-Prentice claimed two wickets against the Rapids, he is named in the squad alongside Alex Hughes, Matt Critchley, Anuj Dal and Darren Stevens.

Bowlers Ravi Rampaul (8) and Mark Watt (7) have claimed 15 wickets between them in the Vitality Blast, the pair continue in the squad along with Logan van Beek.

The right-arm quick will be fitness-tested ahead of the fixture after suffering a minor shoulder injury against Notts Outlaws last week.

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


Northants Steelbacks will be looking for their second win of the season when they host Derbyshire in the Vitality Blast tomorrow evening (6.30 start). 

A sole win over Birmingham Bears gave the Steelbacks two of their three points this season, with the abandonment of their game with Yorkshire giving them the other.

Rob Keogh’s 90 runs are the most for Northants this season. He has struck the total across three innings, which have garnered one half-century.

With four wickets, Graeme White leads the way for the Steelbacks. He has taken the dismissals at an average of 17, with best figures of 2-36 against Durham.

Pre-Match Talk

Luis Reece wants the disappointment of losing to Worcestershire Rapids to spur the Falcons on against Northants Steelbacks. 

Derbyshire were beaten by two wickets earlier this week, despite a half-century from Leus du Plooy and wickets from Ravi Rampaul, Fynn Hudson-Prentice and Mark Watt.

Reece says that the narrow defeat was tough to take, but wants the Falcons to use that frustration when they face Northants tomorrow evening (6.30 start).

Unfortunately we didn’t get the result, the boys showed some good fight and we probably showed a bit of our identity by fighting down to the wire,” said Reece.

“We assessed it the way that we did, and unfortunately we fell a little bit short with the bat and the ball. That’s disappointing, but hopefully we can go in on Friday now and put in a performance.

“The beauty of Twenty20 is that they all come thick and fast, you are able to right the wrongs and get on a bit of a roll if you can. We will dust ourselves off, and get into a positive frame of mind for Friday.”

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