Pre-Match Pack: Gloucestershire (A)

Saturday 9th September 2023
Photography by: David Griffin

Derbyshire have named a 13-player squad for their LV= County Championship fixture against Gloucestershire at the Seat Unique Stadium, starting tomorrow (10.30am). 

Fast bowler, Pat Brown, is named in the squad, having joined on loan from Worcestershire until the end of the season, while Alex Thomson will be aiming to add to his five-wicket haul against Yorkshire last time out.

Harry Came and Wayne Madsen each scored half-centuries against Yorkshire, and the top-order could be aided by the return of Luis Reece, who missed the last game with a hip issue.

Pathway graduate, Mitch Wagstaff, who scored his maiden first-class half-century and also claimed two wickets at Scarborough, will play in the Second XI fixture against Durham, which begins on Monday.

Derbyshire Squad:

10. Luis Reece
04. Harry Came
77. Wayne Madsen
76. Leus du Plooy (c)
29. Brooke Guest (wk)
07. Matt Lamb
65. Anuj Dal
15. Alex Thomson
32. Zak Chappell
51. Mark Watt
59. Sam Conners
9. George Scrimshaw
36. Pat Brown

The Opposition

Gloucestershire are second-from-bottom of the LV= County Championship Divison Two ahead of their fixture against Derbyshire. 

Miles Hammond (725) is Gloucestershire’s leading run-scorer in first-class cricket this season, having made eight half-centuries, while spinner, Zafar Gohar’s, 23 wickets put him top of the dismissals charts for his side.

Pre-Match Talk

Assistant Head Coach, (Bowling Lead), Ajmal Shahzad, says Derbyshire will approach their final three games with good intent, having tasted a heavy defeat to Yorkshire at Scarborough. 

The game was closely fought until late on Day Two, where Yorkshire began to stretch their lead and pushed on, as Derbyshire failed to make the most of the new ball.

Shahzad, speaking in place of Mickey Arthur, who joined up with his side on Day One, says Derbyshire are determined to approach their final three games of the season with in the intent to improve and stop their frustrating collapses in games.

“After coming out of a real tough 50-over campaign, we are trying to be real positive in these four Championship games. We tried to approach this game in particular with a slightly different mindset – having that intent with bat and ball, looking to take wickets and keep the scoreboard ticking. Ultimately, the game’s moving forwards consistently then.

“It went really well for us on day one. The boys started well with the new ball. To take 10 wickets, we felt we were in it. Even, having lost Harry Came early, I thought Mitch Wagstaff was fantastic.

“On day two, when we lost sessions, we lost them badly. We lost seven wickets for 70 after lunch.

“Then for the lack of intensity to spill over to the new ball in their innings, we were behind the eight-ball. Then we were trying to claw it back.

“I thought the boys stuck at it and dug in. It was hard work (with the ball on day three). It was hot, and the ball got soft and the wicket flatter.

“We then felt it was impossible but improbable to chase those runs down. Saying that, the way Wayne Madsen went about it this morning – being the player and class act he is – we felt there was a sniff there.

“He was backed up by Camey, and we felt we could score runs quite quickly.

“But, as things have happened for us in this game, they’ve happened quite quickly. And the back end there was disappointing to see the way we collapsed.”

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