Tomorrow's game at Trent Bridge will be eagerly looked forward to by both sets of supporters, with the home side fancying a win after racking up 400-plus in each of their last two home matches in the RLODC.
With five international players in their side, logically they should do it, but our three Kiwis give us a little extra something if they fire and it should be a very good game in front of the Sky TV cameras. I'm always amused by the latter's choice of games, which rightly or wrongly always seems to be, from our perspective, 'Let's do the East Midlands local derby and then we'll do the Lancashire game at Derby, so we can get an extra Lancashire game in'....
John Sadler has named the following 14-man squad for the game:
I can't name a final eleven, to be honest. I rate Billy a fine batsman, though don't think this is his format and would rather see Ben Slater in to open. Conversely, you could omit both and play Ben Cotton as an extra bowler, unless Scott Elstone's all round talents are more in keeping with the wicket. Recent events suggest a run-fest, so going in with only five bowlers may be risky, especially when the side bats deep, whichever eleven takes the field.
Nottinghamshire's squad is packed with talent and the arrival of Andre Russell gives them another experienced player at the format. Dan Christian is doing well too, with the only real 'weakness' that the other batsmen have barely had a hit with Michael Lumb and Rikki Wessels in such prime form. A positive result for Derbyshire will need a huge effort, but we should never underestimate team spirit, nor the talent in our own side. Once again, a couple of early wickets can change the complexion of a game and good as Lumb and Wessels are, they're not Kohli and Gayle.
Jake Ball, Dan Christian (c), Luke Fletcher, Harry Gurney, Brett
Hutton, Michael Lumb, Steven Mullaney, Samit Patel, Andre Russell, Greg
Smith, Brendan Taylor, Riki Wessels and Sam Wood.
I look forward to seeing the boys in action and gritting my teeth every time the commentators call us 'Derby' and slip an extra 'd' in Wayne's name to make him 'Madsden'. Memo to Sky: we're a county side, not a city one. Yours sincerely, Ripley lad...
I would be accused of wild optimism to call a Derbyshire win, but if the
side pulls together, performs its disciplines well and holds its
catches, you never can tell.
I call it the Chuck Berry method of motivational speaking.
Here's hoping that we're saying that Johnnie (Sadler) B Goode tomorrow night...