Derbyshire have named a 13-man squad for their opening Royal London Cup fixture against Glamorgan at The Incora County Ground tomorrow, starting at 11am.
Mark Watt is named in the squad, after signing a short-term deal, bringing vast one-day international experience into the side, while Shan Masood is unable to return from Pakistan in time for the fixture against Glamorgan, however will return for the away game against Essex. George Scrimshaw, Leus du Plooy and Wayne Madsen are all missing due to being selected for The Hundred.
Captain Billy Godleman returned to form with a quick-fire century against Shropshire on Saturday, while Luis Reece (76) and Tom Wood (75 not out) were also in the runs ahead of the 50-over competition.
Sam Conners took 3-13 at Shifnal, and he could lead a seam attack containing Ben Aitchison, Nick Potts and Anuj Dal, with Mattie McKiernan, Wood and Watt the spinners.
1. Billy Godleman (c)
24. Tom Wood
4. Harry Came
10. Luis Reece
29. Brooke Guest (wk)
21. Mattie McKiernan
65. Anuj Dal
51. Mark Watt
59. Sam Conners
11. Ben Aitchison
26. Nick Potts
22. Mitch Wagstaff
Mikey Cohen continues his recovery from a lower back issue and his return to play expectation has been lengthened to give him more rehabilitation time.
All-rounder, Alex Thomson, is recovering from a split thumb webbing on his bowling hand, which is healing well, while Alex Hughes’ recovery is ongoing after being struck on the hand.
Defending champions Glamorgan come into the 2022 competition with high expectations, and opener Sam Northeast will be looking on his 1,000+ LV= County Championship runs when he takes on the white ball.
The experience of Timm van der Gugten and Andrew Salter with the ball will be crucial, combining for almost 100 List A wickets between them.
Sam Conners says Derbyshire are in a confident mood ahead of the 2022 Royal London Cup.
The seamer missed the entirety of last year’s competition through injury, but is set to lead the seam attack in 2022, as he aims to add to his 47 all-formats wickets this campaign.
With Derbyshire challenging for promotion in the LV= County Championship Division Two, and reaching the quarter-finals of the Vitality Blast, Mickey Arthur’s side have enjoyed a strong campaign so far, and Conners is confident that will continue in the Royal London Cup.
“The confidence from both formats we’ve played so far will be crucial going into this competition,” he told BBC Radio Derby.
“For myself and Ben Aitchison, it was really important to get that white ball experience in the T20, so we know what our skills will be like in the 50-over games.
“I think everyone is really exciting. We want to be the county of choice, like Mickey says, so we have to make sure our skills are up to date in this day and age.
“For us young lads, in myself, Ben and Pottsy, I think our skills are getting there and now it’s just about backing ourselves out there on the field.”
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