Derbyshire Falcons head north this week for a double-header against Yorkshire Vikings (Tuesday, 6.30pm) and Lancashire Lightning (Wednesday, 3pm).
After leading the side a 70-run win over Leicestershire Foxes with a half-century, T20 captain Shan Masood will be aiming to fire at the top of the order once again at Headingley and Emirates Old Trafford.
Brooke Guest, Leus du Plooy, Wayne Madsen and Luis Reece will all be looking to pile on the runs either side of the Pennines, as the Falcons build momentum before Friday’s East Midlands Derby at The Incora County Ground.
Hayden Kerr’s 2-6 against Leicestershire was a taste of what the all-rounder could produce for the Falcons, while Sam Conners and George Scrimshaw have proven a strong seam-bowling pairing so far.
Spinners Mark Watt and Mattie McKiernan have also played their part in the opening two games, sharing five wickets from 15 overs bowled.
94. Shan Masood (c)
10. Luis Reece
4. Harry Came
76. Leus du Plooy
77. Wayne Madsen
29. Brooke Guest (wk)
21. Mattie McKiernan
65. Anuj Dal
15. Alex Thomson
18. Alex Hughes
50. Hayden Kerr
59. Sam Conners
51. Mark Watt
9. George Scrimshaw
Suranga Lakmal has been ruled-out for the remainder of the 2022 season with a right elbow problem that needs reconstructive surgery, while Ryan Sidebottom continues his rehabilitation from a hamstring issue.
Ben Aitchison’s recovery from a spinal bone injury is progressing according to plan, and it is hoped he will be back competing before the end of the campaign, likewise Tom Wood remains unavailable for selection.
One win, one tie and one defeat see Yorkshire Vikings in inconsistent form after three games of the Vitality Blast, while the unbeaten Lancashire Lightning will be looking for a strong showing on home soil.
These two sides played out one of the most dramatic fixtures in recent memory on Friday night, with the game ending in a tie after Richard Gleeson trapped Harry Brook lbw with the final ball of the innings.
The Vikings could be without Brook and Joe Root for the match against Derbyshire, due to the Test against New Zealand starting later this week, but the firepower of Adam Lyth, Dawid Malan and Tom Kohler-Cadmore means they are far from weakened.
Pakistan internationals Shadab Khan and Haris Rauf are Yorkshire’s overseas stars, while England’s Adil Rashid remains an integral part of the Vikings’ attack.
For Lancashire, their lineup could contain the big-hitting exploits of Phil Salt, Keaton Jennings, Tim David and Liam Livingstone, all of whom have strike-rates above 130 in the Vitality Blast so far.
With the ball, Gleeson’s six wickets at an average of 11.83, including best figures of 5-33 against Worcestershire Rapids, will be cause for encouragement for the Emirates Old Trafford side.
T20 captain, Shan Masood, reviews Derbyshire’s 70-run win over Leicestershire Foxes.
The Falcons recovered from a dramatic defeat to Birmingham Bears less than 24 hours earlier to dominate proceedings at the Uptonsteel County Ground, with Masood himself top-scoring with 53.
The new skipper praised the team’s performance and said Derbyshire will be working hard to improve further ahead of matches against Yorkshire Vikings, Lancashire Lightning and Notts Outlaws this week.
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After a dramatic episode in 2021, the East Midlands Derby against Notts Outlaws returns on Friday 3 June, while the Falcons will be aiming to extend their Vitality Blast winning streak at Queen’s Park to four matches, when they take on Yorkshire Vikings to close out the BRM Solicitors Festival of Cricket, in association with Chesterfield Borough Council, on Saturday 18 June.