Derbyshire have named their squad for next week’s LV= County Championship fixture against Glamorgan at Sophia Gardens, starting on Tuesday (10.30am).
Opener Shan Masood’s time with Derbyshire has come to a close, after he was called-up to Pakistan’s squad ahead of their IT20 series against England, which begins next week, and the ICC Twenty20 World Cup.
Wayne Madsen will be aiming to close the gap to becoming the LV= County Championship’s leading run-scorer this season. The 38-year-old has scored 1,104 so far, the second-most in Division Two, with only Sam Northeast (1,154) and Ben Compton (1,128) boasting more across the two divisions.
Sam Conners now has 42 first-class wickets to his name in 2023, and the home-grown seamer will have the the milestone of 50 wickets firmly in his sights with a strong showing in Cardiff.
Adam Sylvester has joined Derbyshire for the final two games of the 2022 season after impressing in the Second XI.
The right-arm fast bowler has bowled tightly in the Second XI Championship this season, with his wickets coming at an average below 19.
The 22 year-old provides additional seam bowling cover for the remainder of the season.
Head of Cricket, Mickey Arthur, said: “Adam’s been a player we’ve been keeping an eye on this summer and he’s looked sharp in spells for the Second XI. This gives us the opportunity to have a look at him within the first-team setup before the end of the season.”
1. Billy Godleman (c)
10. Luis Reece
4. Harry Came
29. Brooke Guest (wk)
77. Wayne Madsen
76. Leus du Plooy
65. Anuj Dal
15. Alex Thomson
59. Sam Conners
11. Ben Aitchison
26. Nick Potts
Glamorgan are third in Division Two, with both sides knowing a win is crucial to their chances of promotion, with Middlesex firmly having second place in their hands.
Sam Northeast is the leading run-scorer in the LV= County Championship, but his record is aided by a stunning top-score of 410 not out against Leicestershire.
With the ball, the evergreen Michael Hogan has enjoyed a stellar final season with Glamorgan, his 40 first-class wickets just one shy of his age! He would have to go back more than a decade to match his 2023 average though, with his dismissals coming at just 26.12.
Mickey Arthur says Shan Masood’s spell with Derbyshire has set the tone for his overseas recruitment at Derbyshire, and believes the squad are also getting close to that level by playing alongside world-class talent.
Masood has been called-up to the Pakistan squad for their upcoming IT20 series against England, starting next week, as well as the ICC Twenty20 World Cup.
As such, the 32-year-old finishes his time with Derbyshire having scored 1,832 runs in all formats, including three centuries and 12 half-centuries.
Head of Cricket, Mickey Arthur, said: “Shan knows how highly I’ve valued his contributions on and off the field this summer. He’s been a model professional during his time with us and the whole squad have benefitted from having a player of his experience and attitude with us.
“That’s the level of overseas professional we need to be striving for as a Club and we’re beginning to look into options for next year which must enhance our current squad, a group of players which themselves have kicked on this year.
“I look at the likes of Anuj Dal and Brooke Guest and what they’ve achieved this year, plus the Lions call-ups for Sam Conners and George Scrimshaw. Ben Aitchison’s another – the way he’s bowled in spells this season has been among the best in the division. These are just a few examples, but it shows we’re heading in the right direction and quickly. The key for us now is to finish the season strongly and ensure we have a good winter ready for next year.”
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