Derbyshire have named a 13-man squad for their Bob Willis Trophy fixture against Leicestershire at The Fischer County Ground, starting Saturday 8 August.
Billy Godleman’s side will head into the game full of confidence, after a thrilling three-wicket victory over local rivals Nottinghamshire, and the captain is joined in the squad by fellow top-order batsmen Luis Reece, Wayne Madsen and centurion Leus du Plooy.
Wicketkeeper Harvey Hosein retains his place, with Matt Critchley, Alex Hughes, Mattie McKiernan and Sam Conners also named in the squad.
Fynn Hudson-Prentice misses out through a minor injury, while Dustin Melton and loan signing Ed Barnes come into the 13 to provide additional bowling options during the condensed four-day fixture list.
Ravi Rampaul remains unavailable for the trip to Leicestershire due to the extension of border closures in Trinidad and Tobago.
1. Billy Godleman
10. Luis Reece
77. Wayne Madsen
76. Leus du Plooy
16. Harvey Hosein
18. Alex Hughes
20. Matt Critchley
65. Anuj Dal
59. Sam Conners
8. Michael Cohen
30. Dustin Melton
21. Mattie McKiernan
62. Ed Barnes
Like Derbyshire, Leicestershire made a winning start to their Bob Willis Trophy campaign after earning a dramatic seven-wicket victory over Lancashire, chasing down 150 in less than 16 overs.
Former Derbyshire man, Ben Slater, scored a career-best 172 on his debut for the Foxes after joining on-loan from Nottinghamshire, while Colin Ackermann struck half-centuries in both innings.
Callum Parkinson and Ben Mike shared nine wickets between them in the opening fixture, and they’re expected to be fit for the Derbyshire clash.
Head of Cricket Dave Houghton says Derbyshire will rotate the squad to keep players fresh throughout the condensed 2020 season.
Houghton says that the quick turnaround between games will make rotation necessary for the fixture, and is looking forward to seeing players seize their chances.
“For me it’s now about how we go and back it up against Leicestershire,” said Houghton. “If you go and lose the next game, you’ve not achieved a lot. But if we go and play a competitive game next week, then things are going in the right direction.
“Because it’s so concertinaed, you almost pick your first three sides before you play a game to see how you can fit people in.
“We’ve got opportunities for players and in this shortened season there will likely be changes every week.”
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