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Pre-Match Pack: Worcestershire

Wednesday 14th April 2021
Written by Stephen Martin
Photography by: David Griffin

Derbyshire have named a 13-man squad for the return of first-class cricket to Derbyshire, as they host Worcestershire at The Incora™ County Ground, beginning on Thursday 15 April; 11am start. 

Billy Godleman’s side picked up a hard-fought draw in their opening LV= County Championship encounter against Warwickshire, with Matt Critchley (64 and 83, as well as 2-22) and Harvey Hosein (78 not out), starring on the final day, before snow and bad light forced the draw.

Although Derbyshire proved their batting depth on Day Four at Edgbaston, the captain will be hoping for a better performance from the top five, with only Luis Reece reaching a half-century in the opening game.

Seamers Sam Conners, Michael Cohen, Ben Aitchison, and Cricket Derbyshire in partnership with the University of Derby Academy graduate, Nick Potts, are named in the squad, alongside all-rounders Fynn Hudson-Prentice and Anuj Dal.

Derbyshire Squad: 

1. Billy Godleman (C)
10. Luis Reece
65. Anuj Dal
76. Leus du Plooy
77. Wayne Madsen
20. Matt Critchley
16. Harvey Hosein
29. Brooke Guest
33. Fynn Hudson-Prentice
8. Michael Cohen
11. Ben Aitchison
59. Sam Conners
26. Nick Potts

Bite-sized Stats

Of their previous 145 meetings with Worcestershire, Derbyshire have come out on top 48 times, with this week’s visitors winning 44 and 53 games ending as a draw.

Derbyshire’s batsmen have registered 46 centuries with Chris Adams, Kim Barnett, Wayne Madsen, and John Wright all scoring three apiece.

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Pre-Match Talk

Harvey Hosein believes that maintaining a disciplined approach will be key for Derbyshire’s LV= County Championship fixture against Worcestershire.

The match will be the first time that many of the squad have played on home soil since 2019, with Hosein one of few exceptions after he scored an unbeaten 89 against Cardiff UCCE in a friendly earlier this month.

The wicketkeeper-batsman has been delighted with the quality of pitches in Derby, but has emphasised the importance of being disciplined in all aspects of the game.

“The wicket we played on for the Cardiff game is what I would describe as a ‘proper cricket wicket’,” he added.

“Every wicket is unique, so we will take a look on Wednesday and Thursday morning, but the lesson that I took from the Cardiff innings was to remain disciplined, whether your batting or bowling, as long as you do that, you should get the results.”

How to follow

Derbyshire’s LV= County Championship fixture against Worcestershire will be Live Streamed on the club website through our improved Match Centre.

With Live Streaming, in-play scorecards, ball by ball commentary, clips, statistics and so much more, you can put yourself at the heart of the action, even from the comfort of your own home!

Clips and updates will also be provides via our social media channels, so make sure you’re following us on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram, so you never miss a moment of the action.

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Safety Regulations

Due to current safety and capacity regulations, Derbyshire’s home fixture with Worcestershire will be held behind closed doors. We urge supporters not to travel to The Incora County Ground.

Coverage of the fixture will be provided via the club website in our Match Centre, as well as our official social media channels: Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

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