Derbyshire have named a 12-man squad for their opening Bob Willis Trophy fixture against Nottinghamshire at Trent Bridge, starting tomorrow.
Having impressed in the friendly against Lancashire at Chester Boughton Hall, captain Billy Godleman, Wayne Madsen and Leus du Plooy will all be hoping to make strong starts to the 2020 campaign, with Luis Reece completing the top-order.
Wicketkeeper Harvey Hosein is named in the squad, as are all-rounders Matt Critchley, Alex Hughes, Fynn Hudson-Prentice and Mattie McKiernan as Derbyshire go with depth for both bat and ball.
Sam Conners is joined in the squad by fellow young quicks Michael Cohen and Ben Aitchison, who will be hoping to make their first-class debuts for Derbyshire in Nottingham.
1. Billy Godleman
10. Luis Reece
77. Wayne Madsen
76. Leus du Plooy
16. Harvey Hosein
18. Alex Hughes
20. Matt Critchley
21. Mattie McKiernan
33. Fynn Hudson-Prentice
59. Sam Conners
8. Michael Cohen
11. Ben Aitchison
Opener Joe Clark comes into the game in fine form, having struck a century in the warm-up fixture against Leicestershire, while England batsmen Ben Duckett and Haseeb Hameed are available for selection.
Tom Moores was also in the runs against Leicestershire, and he could be joined in the Nottinghamshire squad by experienced all-rounders Samit Patel and Peter Trego.
Head of Cricket, Dave Houghton believes the competition Derbyshire will face in the Bob Willis Trophy will provide a measure of the progress his team has made in the past year.
Having not played a competitive fixture since the draw at Middlesex in September of last year, Derbyshire make the short journey to Trent Bridge on Saturday for the first game in a tough North Group.
Division One counties Yorkshire and Lancashire make up the section along with Durham and Leicestershire but Houghton is confident his players are ready for the challenge.
“They are four-day First-Class games and we will approach them as if it was the normal season,” Houghton said.
“We’re not kidding ourselves, we are in a very strong section with Nottinghamshire, Lancashire, Yorkshire and a vastly improving Durham so ourselves and Leicestershire have our work cut out to compete with these guys.
“But we played really good cricket last year and I expect us to do the same this season. We’ve got the core of the side from last year and are fairly confident we can compete with these big sides so this will be a good test.”
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