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Pre-Match Pack: Gloucestershire

Friday 6th September 2019
Written by Stephen Martin

Derbyshire Falcons have named a 14-man squad for their Vitality Blast quarter-final against Gloucestershire at the Bristol County Ground tomorrow (7pm start).

Billy Godleman, Luis Reece, Wayne Madsen and Leus du Plooy have scored a combined 14 half-centuries in the competition, and they will continue in a settled top order.

Daryn Smit is named in the squad, while Alex Hughes, Matt Critchley, Darren Stevens, Anuj Dal and Fynn Hudson-Prentice provide options with bat and ball.

Ravi Rampaul (21) and Logan van Beek (9) have 30 wickets between them in the competition, and they are named alongside Boyd Rankin and Hamidullah Qadri.


Derbyshire Squad

1. Billy Godleman
10. Luis Reece
77. Wayne Madsen
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
75. Hamidullah Qadri
14. Ravi Rampaul
30. Boyd Rankin


Opposition

Gloucestershire finished second in the south group after winning seven matches, with one tie and three no results.

Michael Klinger is the only Gloucestershire batsman to pass 300 runs in the competition, with his total of 356 at 35.60 more than 60 ahead of his teammates.

Four Gloucestershire bowlers have entered double-figures for wickets, with David Payne leading the way with 16 dismissals.


Pre-Match Talk

Leus du Plooy says that the Falcons are calm ahead of their Vitality Blast quarter-final against Gloucestershire on Saturday (7pm start). 

Derbyshire claimed seven victories in the north group to secure a place in the last eight, with Dominic Cork’s side winning their last three matches.

The club has never made it to Finals Day, and du Plooy is aiming to make history with the Falcons this year.

“It’s unbelievable that we have got through to the quarter-finals, we are really stoked for that,” du Plooy said.

“It is quite a calm dressing room, which is good. I think when you are in finals, you need to have a calm attitude, so we are quietly confident.

“It’s so exciting for us, knowing we could do something that is ground-breaking for the club. The Vitality Blast has been awesome for us and we are going to try to do that for the supporters.”


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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