Saturday, 4 June 2016

Worcestershire v Derbyshire RLODC preview

No doubt still thrilled from last night's win over Leicestershire in the T20, Derbyshire travel to the scenic splendour of Worcester tomorrow for a Royal London One-Day Cup match over fifty overs (henceforth known as the RLODC, as my life is way too short...)

A thirteen-man squad has been announced and it is pretty much as one would have expected, in the absence of Wes Durston and the unavailability for this competition of Jimmy Neesham. That thirteen is:

Billy Godleman
Chesney Hughes
Hamish Rutherford
Neil Broom
Wayne Madsen
Ben Slater
Alex Hughes (captain)
Shiv Thakor
Matt Critchley
Tom Poynton
Ben Cotton
Andy Carter
Will Davis

Slater and Davis look likely to miss out, but both will doubtless earn opportunity before the summer is out, as young players of talent.

Worcestershire have promised 'a different approach' to the competition this year, which is hopefully a losing one. George Rhodes, son of their coach Steve, is in the squad, which looks strong and talented:

 Mitchell, Kohler-Cadmore, Clarke, Kervezee, D'Oliveira, Whiteley, Cox, Leach, Barnard, Shantry, Russell, Rhodes.

If we can keep the intensity of our T20 cricket going, we can give them a good run for their money. They are strong in batting and probably start as favourites, but it could be a very good game of cricket.

Go get them Alex...

Postscript - the northern group is anyone's this year. Today, Leicestershire effectively did unto Durham as we did to them last night,  while Nottinghamshire handed Lancashire a third defeat in four games. So that's Yorkshire with three straight losses, Durham three losses from five and Nottinghamshire two losses from three at the bottom of the table, with Northamptonshire, Worcestershire and Derbyshire the top three.

Not a great advert for the big counties at this stage, is it?

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