Derbyshire have named a 15-man squad for their Vitality Blast opener against Lancashire Lightning at Emirates Old Trafford.
Having tasted victory on their last Vitality Blast visit to Manchester, the Falcons will be looking to get their 2021 campaign off to a strong start, with the same top-order of Billy Godleman, Luis Reece, Leus du Plooy and Wayne Madsen aiming to replicate their form of 2019.
Matt Critchley claimed 17 wickets in the competition two years ago, and he is joined by fellow spinners Mattie McKiernan and Alex Thomson, while the club’s all-time leading wicket-taker Alex Hughes is named in the squad.
Developing quick Mikey Cohen will be looking to put the experienced gained in 2020 to good use, while George Scrimshaw could get his first taste of white ball cricket for the Falcons.
Fynn Hudson-Prentice, Reece and overseas paceman Logan van Beek were all part of the attack which reached Finals Day, sharing 30 wickets between them. New signing Harry Came is named in the squad which travels to Manchester.
1. Billy Godleman (C)
10. Luis Reece
76. Leus du Plooy
77. Wayne Madsen
20. Matt Critchley
18. Alex Hughes
4. Harry Came
29. Brooke Guest
33. Fynn Hudson-Prentice
65. Anuj Dal
8. Michael Cohen
15. Alex Thomson
21. Mattie McKiernan
37. Logan van Beek
9. George Scrimshaw
Twenty20 Head Coach, Dominic Cork, previews the 2021 Vitality Blast.
Cork, who led the side to Finals Day for the first time in 2019, looks ahead to the competition, which begins on Wednesday against Lancashire at Emirates Old Trafford, as well as discussing the Falcons’ exciting bowling attack, the ambitions for this year and the return of supporters to live T20 cricket.
Click the video above to watch the full interview.
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Tickets for all Vitality Blast home games are on sale now, but they’re selling fast so don’t delay if you want to cheer on the Falcons in Derbyshire this summer.
From the East Midlands Derby, to Yorkshire at Queen’s Park, there’s plenty of huge clashes coming up.
Birmingham Bears – Sunday 13 June; 2.30pm – SOLD OUT
Lancashire Lightning – Tuesday 15 June; 7pm – SOLD OUT
Northants Steelbacks – Thursday 17 June; 7pm
Leicestershire Foxes – Tuesday 22 June; 7pm
Notts Outlaws – Friday 25 June; 7pm
Worcestershire Rapids – Friday 2 July; 7pm
Yorkshire Vikings – Sunday 18 July; 2.30pm