OK, it is only a friendly, but the fact that eleven Derbyshire players are going out to play a match heralds the start of another season. Breathe easy folks, we have made it through another winter and the fun starts now...
The game is against a North Staffordshire and South Cheshire XI and, as well as a chance to impress for our boys, there is an opportunity for players from traditional Derbyshire catchment areas to catch the eye too. Life can take funny turns at times, so you never know when a good display might lead to an opportunity down the line.
Truth be told, it is a Derbyshire XI that bears little resemblance to a first choice side, but the game likewise gives an opportunity to impress and stake a claim for players who may be on the periphery for a fair part of the summer. Unless...
Billy Godleman is unwell, Ben Slater has a knock, Daryn Smit must still be settling into the country and the area, while Jeevan Mendis and Hardus Viljoen have yet to arrive. With Gary Wilson rested after being on Ireland duty, the side is skippered by Wayne Madsen and the thirteen-man squad is:
I'll be back later with news on the game and look forward to seeing who puts up their hand at the start of the summer and says 'pick me'!