Pre-Match Pack: Nottinghamshire

Monday 28th March 2022
Photography by: David Griffin

Derbyshire continue their preparation for the 2022 season with a two-day friendly against Nottinghamshire, starting on Tuesday (10.30am). 

Luis Reece makes his return to action after shoulder and knee surgery during the off-season, while Billy Godleman, Harry Came and Mattie McKiernan will all be aiming to build on promising showings in the middle against Lancashire last time out.

With the ball, Sam Conners is likely to take the new ball, which he will share with one of George Scrimshaw, Dustin Melton, Mikey Cohen or Nick Potts.

Overseas signings, Suranga Lakmal and Shan Masood, will arrive in England at the end of this week, to play in the first game of the season against Middlesex at Lord’s. Head of Cricket, Mickey Arthur, has said Masood has a chance of featuring in the final friendly against Oxford UCCE, starting on Saturday, but he will be reviewed before any decision is made.

Derbyshire Squad: 

1. Billy Godleman
10. Luis Reece
4. Harry Came
76. Leus du Plooy
77. Wayne Madsen
29. Brooke Guest
18. Alex Hughes
65. Anuj Dal
21. Mattie McKiernan
59. Sam Conners
8. Mikey Cohen
13. Dustin Melton
9. George Scrimshaw
26. Nick Potts

Injury News

The Medical Team has confirmed that fast bowler, Ben Aitchison, developed a spinal bone injury against Lancashire and they will continue to review the young quick to identify a return-to-play date.

All-rounder, Alex Thomson, is rested for the fixture, in order to manage long-standing knee pain.

After missing last week’s friendly, Luis Reece and Mikey Cohen make their return from long-term absences, while Tom Wood continues to recover from injury.

Pre-Match Talk

Head of Cricket, Mickey Arthur, says Derbyshire will be looking to build momentum early in the two-day friendly against Nottinghamshire, as the work continues ahead of the 2022 season.

Derbyshire struggled in the morning session of both days against Lancashire, going wicketless before lunch with the ball and falling to 85-6 on Day Two.

Arthur says putting pressure on the opposition will be a key aspect of Derbyshire’s game this season, and the side to make a stronger start with bat and ball against Nottinghamshire this week.

“From the first ball, we’ve got to be on the money, because we don’t want to give momentum away,” Arthur said.

“We want to be the team who grabs momentum and puts the opposition under pressure as early as we possibly can. We had to come from behind on both mornings against Lancashire and that’s not good enough.

“You never win a game in a session, but you can lose one and we can’t afford that. Our mantra is to ‘hit the ground running’, whether we are batting or bowling, we have to put the pressure on.

“On Tuesday, against Nottinghamshire, we need to be on the money from the word go.”

How to follow

Derbyshire’s friendly against Nottinghamshire will be covered live on the club website, through our improved Match Centre, delivered in partnership with Purpose Media.

Replays put you at the heart of the action, while our Match Centre also includes in-play scorecards, ball by ball commentary, clips and statistics, everything you need to stay up-to-date, no matter where you’re following from!

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.

The Club will also be carrying out testing to its free-to-access Live Streaming service and we kindly ask supporters to bear with us during these crucial tests ahead of the new season.

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