Derbyshire have named a 12-man squad for their 50-over fixture against Shropshire at Shifnal, starting on Sunday 31 July at 11am.
Billy Godleman scored 63 for the Second XI against Northamptonshire on Thursday, and he will be aiming to build on his impressive career 50-over record ahead of the Royal London Cup, which begins next week.
Tom Wood will make his return to first team action, while Cricket Derbyshire Academy, in partnership with the University of Derby, players Archie Harrison and Mitch Wagstaff are named in the squad.
Anuj Dal made scores of 55 and 112 not out against Worcestershire, as well as taking five wickets in the second innings, and the all-rounder will have the chance to show his white ball credentials on Sunday.
1. Billy Godleman
24. Tom Wood
4. Harry Came
10. Luis Reece
29. Brooke Guest
21. Mattie McKiernan
65. Anuj Dal
59. Sam Conners
11. Ben Aitchison
26. Nick Potts
22. Mitch Wagstaff
Mickey Arthur was pleased with Derbyshire’s performance under pressure against Worcestershire and says the squad’s improvement will continue this season.
Derbyshire recovered from 14-5 on Day One to wrap up an exceptional 98-run victory before lunch on the final afternoon, with Anuj Dal scoring 55, 112 not out and claiming a maiden first-class five-wicket haul.
Wayne Madsen, Mattie McKiernan, Brooke Guest and Ben Aitchison were among those who made telling contributions in the game, and Arthur was delighted by how the team responded to having their backs against the wall early at New Road.
“To bounce back from where we were in this game at times shows character and resilience and belief in their ability and belief in each other’s ability.
“There is a lot of trust in the dressing room and that was fantastic, a real good win and I couldn’t be more prouder.
“Our goal at the start of the season in the Championship was to be alive and playing for promotion in September and we are going to be doing that, and that makes me really happy.
“Anuj Dal can be even better. Everyone in the dressing can be better. The type of figures and performances we are getting out of our dressing room now is testimony to the hard work they’ve put in but also the belief in their own ability.
“They’ve been amazing and I do believe our ceiling is even higher. There is a little bit more to come still which is a great position for us to be in.
“The thing for me is the guys are performing under pressure and that’s the key. It is easy to do it when the game is dead or the situation is a far easier one.
“Under pressure, these guys are doing it all the time and it’s wonderful. It is actually very touching to see the evolution of the team. I think we’ve evolved a lot quicker than I thought we did.”
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