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Pre-Match Pack: Yorkshire Vikings

Saturday 19th September 2020
Written by Stephen Martin
Photography by: David Griffin

Derbyshire have named a 13-man squad for their final Vitality Blast game of the season against Yorkshire at Emerald Headingley on Sunday 20 September (1pm start). 

Billy Godleman, Luis Reece, Wayne Madsen, Leus du Plooy and Tom Wood are all named in the squad, as the Falcons aim to end the season with victory in Leeds.

With Harvey Hosein still unavailable as he follows concussion protocol, Brooke Guest will continue behind the stumps, and he will be looking to build on an unbeaten 22 against Notts Outlaws.

Fynn Hudson-Prentice misses out with a thigh injury, while Ed Barnes is ineligible to face his parent club, so Alex Hughes, Matt Critchley, Anuj Dal and Mattie McKiernan are the all-rounders named.

Bowlers Michael Cohen, Sam Conners and Dustin Melton complete the squad.

Derbyshire squad

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
29. Brooke Guest
8. Michael Cohen
59. Sam Conners
13. Dustin Melton

The Opposition 

Second-from-bottom in the North Group after four-consecutive defeats, Yorkshire Vikings will have been disappointed to not challenge for a place in the quarter-finals.

Instead, the White Rose county will be aiming to avoid finishing bottom of the group, which they could do if defeated by the Falcons at Emerald Headingley.

England Test captain Joe Root is available for the fixture, having struck 218 runs in just four matches, including three half-centuries, at an average of 54.50, while opener Adam Lyth has 297 runs to his name at 42.42.

Root has also been a key man with the ball, claiming six wickets at an average of just 14.00, while Matthew Fisher (8) and Jordan Thompson (7) have shared 15 wickets between them in the competition.

Pre-Match Talk

Dominic Cork has challenged the side to end their season with a strong performance when they face Yorkshire in the Vitality Blast on Sunday 20 September. 

Twenty20 Head Coach, Cork has been frustrated by the Vitality Blast campaign, but wants the Derbyshire squad to put in a positive performance to end it in Leeds on Sunday.

“We had a frank discussion (after the Notts defeat) about what we are going to do going forward,” Cork told BBC Radio Derby.

“We’ve got one game left, so let’s try to finish it off with a win, and look ahead to the future of Twenty20, because they’ve got to be honest with themselves and get better, both individually and as a team.

“We’ll turn up on Sunday against a Yorkshire side who will likely have a few internationals, and we’ve got to look for a combination where we put the batting, bowling and fielding together, work hard and try to win the game.

“As I’ll always say, they’re professional cricketers, they’re playing for Derbyshire, they have a badge on their shirts and there are fans who want to see them beat sides, and they’ve got one more game, so we’ll turn up again and be ready to go.”

Click HERE to read the full interview.

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Match Result:
Sun 20 Sep 2020
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