Sad news today that Jason Gillespie will not be with Yorkshire Carnegie at Chesterfield today after the passing of his father on Saturday.
Gillespie's parents were visiting the UK and staying with him in Leeds. He has been given compassionate leave. My condolences and those of Derbyshire fans go to him and his mother at a difficult time.
As for the Yorkshire squad, they lack a number of big names who are on international duty, while Andrew Gale is still recovering from injury, but have a decent looking squad, led by Azeem Rafiq, who many will recall from his loan period at Derbyshire a couple of seasons back.
That squad in full:
Gary Ballance, Jack Brooks, Andrew Hodd, Dan Hodgson, Phil
Jaques, Adam Lyth, Liam Plunkett, Richard Pyrah, Azeem Rafiq, Adil
Rashid, Joe Sayers, Ryan Sidebottom, Iain Wardlaw.
It will, as I wrote last night, be a tough game for our boys, but there is enough talent in the Derbyshire side to nick a win IF they play to potential.