Derbyshire have named a 14-man squad for their Vitality Blast fixture against Notts Outlaws at Trent Bridge on Sunday 13 September (2pm start).
Captain Billy Godleman will head into the game against our East Midlands rivals alongside Luis Reece, Wayne Madsen, Tom Wood and Leus du Plooy, who struck an unbeaten 53 last time out.
All-rounders Alex Hughes, Matt Critchley, Anuj Dal and Mattie McKiernan all provide options with bat and ball, while wicketkeeper-batsman Harvey Hosein is named in the squad.
Pacemen Michael Cohen, Sam Conners, Ed Barnes and Dustin Melton are all named ahead of the clash in Nottingham.
1. Billy Godleman
10. Luis Reece
24. Tom Wood
77. Wayne Madsen
76. Leus du Plooy
18. Alex Hughes
20. Matt Critchley
65. Anuj Dal
21. Mattie McKiernan
16. Harvey Hosein
8. Michael Cohen
62. Ed Barnes
59. Sam Conners
13. Dustin Melton
Unbeaten and top of the North Group, Notts Outlaws are the first side in this year’s Vitality Blast to reach ten points.
The Trent Bridge side are one of only two teams that are yet to suffer a defeat, with South Group table-toppers Kent, the other side to share that accolade.
Joe Clarke is Notts’ highest run-scorer in the Vitality Blast so far, with his 202 runs at an average of 67.33, including one half-century and one century, while Chris Nash also has two fifties from his four innings.
Luke Fletcher (8) and Jake Ball (7) have shared 15 wickets between them, with both bowlers averaging below 20 with the ball.
Twenty20 Head Coach, Dominic Cork, is expecting a reaction from the Falcons against Notts Outlaws after a poor start to the Vitality Blast.
Derbyshire are yet to taste victory in the competition, with the heavy defeat to Durham on Friday their fourth loss in six outings, which has left them bottom of the North Group with four games to play.
Derbyshire travel to Trent Bridge on Sunday 13 September to face Notts Outlaws (2pm start) and Cork wants to see his side lift their skill levels for the local derby.
“It’s about what they can do differently. They’ve got to get their skill-level higher than what it is at the moment.
“When you’re chasing in excess of 220 in games, it’s never easy.
“I was disappointed with the fielding and there shouldn’t be any excuses. They’re young guys, fit guys and they’re professional cricketers.
“I take losing really seriously and it hurts me as an ex-player, but also as a coach at Derbyshire.
“We’ve got to try and win four games of cricket. Whether we get through or not, they’re still representing Derbyshire.”
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