Derbyshire have named a 13-player squad for their LV= County Championship fixture against Sussex at The Incora County Ground, starting tomorrow (10.30am).
As Mickey Arthur’s side prepare for their final home game of the season, the likes of Luis Reece, Wayne Madsen and Sam Conners will be looking to leave the Derbyshire supporters with a performance to savour throughout the winter months.
Zak Chappell (43) and Alex Thomson (38) are Derbyshire’s leading wicket-takers in all formats this season, and both will be hoping to top that chart through their showings in the remaining two fixtures.
10. Luis Reece
04. Harry Came
77. Wayne Madsen
22. Mitch Wagstaff
76. Leus du Plooy (c)
29. Brooke Guest (wk)
07. Matt Lamb
65. Anuj Dal
15. Alex Thomson
32. Zak Chappell
59. Sam Conners
26. Nick Potts
36. Pat Brown
After a dramatic win over Leicestershire last week, Sussex are looking to have a strong end to their 2023 red ball campaign.
Fynn Hudson-Prentice is their leading run-scorer, with 785 at an average of 49.06, including eight half-centuries, while seamer Ari Karvelas leads the way with the ball, claiming 35 wickets at an average of 22.85.
Head of Cricket, Mickey Arthur, wants Derbyshire’s squad to make the most of their final two games of the season and put in strong performances.
With the permanent winter arrivals of David Lloyd and Mohammad Amir, as well as the currently on-loan Pat Brown, Derbyshire will have a new look in 2024, as Arthur looks to improve on a frustrating campaign.
Ahead of the final home game of 2023, Arthur wants his current players to lay down a marker for the new signings, and give him an early selection headache for next season.
“We’ve got some good players coming into the Club, so this is an opportunity for the players we already have to make their mark and say ‘I want to start the season next year’,” he said.
“We will have healthy competition, so the players who play for us in these next two games have to earn their place in the opening game of the season next April, so there’s a lot to play for.
“We’ve got two games left, we want two wins. That has to be our mindset going into these fixtures, our players have the opportunity to put in match-winning performances and set the bar for players coming in.
“At Gloucestershire, there were a lot of good performances, we were consistently good through the game, which we havent done enough this season. We’ve often been good in one or two sessions, but when we haven’t been good, we’ve lost sessions in a big way, and that puts the pressure right back on you.
“There’s been plenty of great individual performances through the season, albeit not the match-winning kind, but we haven’t put that into a complete team performance this year. Players have grown, which for me is still quite important.”
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