Wednesday, 18 April 2012

Derbyshire v Leicestershire preview

Coming off two tremendous wins and with a team full of confidence, Derbyshire will be looking forward to tomorrow's game against local rivals Leicestershire. Especially since the Foxes have been decimated by players defected, retired and injured.

James Taylor and Harry Gurney have gone to Nottinghamshire (memo to Gurney - why?), Paul Nixon has retired and Will Jefferson, Matthew Hoggard and Nathan Buck are all injured. Logically Derbyshire should have a strong opportunity to make it three from three against a dangerous side shorn of its major talent.

Its just a shame about the weather.

Today was apparently horrible and the next few days don't seem much better. If Derbyshire are to make it three from three they will need to score runs quickly and bowl with all the spirit and skill they have shown thus far. There are slight injury doubts over Mark Footitt, with either Tim Groenewald or Mark Turner set to deputise if he fails a fitness test. The Derbyshire squad is:

Martin Guptill, Paul Borrington, Wayne Madsen (Captain), Wes Durston, Dan Redfern, Ross Whiteley, David Wainwright, Jonathan Clare, Tom Poynton, Tim Groenewald, Tony Palladino, Mark Turner and Mark Footitt.

As for the visitors, their depleted side is captained by former West Indies ace Ramnaresh Sarwan, on who much will depend. Their squad is:

Greg Smith, Matthew Boyce, Jacque du Toit, Ramnaresh Sarwan (captain), Josh Cobb, Ned Eckersley, Wayne White, Jigar Naik, Claude Henderson, Robbie Joseph, Alex Wyatt and Nadeem Malik.

If the rain allows it, I expect a Derbyshire win. I'm more confident in the team than the climate though, so I'm sad to have this one down as a likely draw.

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