Tuesday, 3 May 2011

Derbyshire v Bradford Leeds UCCE

After the excitement of the weekend it is back to more mundane matters for Derbyshire as they start a three-day game against Leeds/Bradford Centre of Cricket Excellence.

The game presents an opportunity for a few people to have a bowl who have thus far been peripheral figures, the likes of Atif Sheikh, Ross Whiteley and Jake Needham probably being in contention, although the fact that there is also a Second XI game going on might see a stronger than usual side take the field.

I would assume that Matt Lineker is in line for a game, as well as the returning Paul Borrington, while Garry Park might enjoy a run out and a chance to get some runs under his belt. Mark Footitt might also make a season debut alongside Mark Turner in what, with Sheikh, would be a slippery attack.

Our opponents are also likely to field two of our players, with Ben Slater and Matt Higginbottom in line to play against their county.

For others it is an excellent opportunity to charge batteries ahead of the next round of serious stuff, starting at Worcestershire on Sunday.

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