Derbyshire have named a 13-player squad for their opening Metro Bank One Day Cup fixture against Gloucestershire at Cheltenham, starting tomorrow (11am).
David Lloyd has signed on loan from Glamorgan for the competition, ahead of completing a permanent move to Derbyshire this winter, and he’s available for tomorrow’s game, while Mark Watt returns from Scotland duty to join the 50-over attack.
New captain, Brooke Guest, made a winning start against Lincolnshire in the NCAA Showcase fixture at the weekend and will now lead the side for the first time in List A cricket, while Harry Came will be looking to build on unbeaten centuries in his last two Derbyshire innings, having struck 141 against Glamorgan and 125 at Lindum on Sunday.
Four players, Wayne Madsen, Leus du Plooy, George Scrimshaw and Zak Chappell, are will with their respective teams for The Hundred, while Suranga Lakmal remains absent with a groin issue, but has returned to bowling and is working towards match fitness with the Club’s medical team
12. Haider Ali
10. Luis Reece
04. Harry Came
46. David Lloyd
29. Brooke Guest (c/wk)
24. Tom Wood
07. Matt Lamb
65. Anuj Dal
15. Alex Thomson
21. Mattie McKiernan
51. Mark Watt
26. Nick Potts
59. Sam Conners
Gloucestershire are without both Miles Hammond and David Payne for the Metro Bank One Day Cup, but retain a strong core for the 50-over competition.
Jack Taylor was their leading run-scorer in last year’s competition, scoring 401 runs at an average of 66.83, including four half-centuries, as Gloucestershire narrowly missed out on a quarter-final place.
Spinner Zafar Gohar claimed 13 wickets last year and will again be a key player for Gloucestershire in the 50-over format.
Anuj Dal believes the Metro Bank One Day Cup provides a valuable opportunity for young players and supporters alike to experience exciting cricket at the height of summer.
Dal, who has been appointed Vice Captain for the 50-over side, is likely to play a key role with bat and ball, as Mickey Arthur’s side look to make their mark on the competition.
Derbyshire are offering free entry for juniors on all 50-over group games this season, and with four players currently absent with The Hundred, there will be rotation within the squad for players to fill those roles.
Dal says the chance for young supporters to watch Derbyshire and young players to gain experience makes this year’s One Day Cup very exciting to be a part of.
“This is a brilliant competition and one that we hope we can take all the way.” he said
“You look around the counties, everyone is losing players to The Hundred, but that creates opportunities. It’s the kind of thing that, when I was 21/22, I would have really wanted the chance to play in a competition like this and gain that experience.
“When our own ground is packed and we have young supporters coming in, there’s no better feeling for the players. Seeing the kids smiling as we’re walking out to bat is exactly what we want, hopefully we can be the role models for them in the future.
“It’s also really exciting to be able to play at a lot of these ground we don’t get to visit much, seeing some of the differences between the north and south teams in white ball cricket is really interesting and provides its own challenge.”
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