Derbyshire has named a 15-man squad for the four-day game at the County Ground that should start today, weather permitting. It represents the last opportunity to see cricket in Derby this summer, one in which there has been much to remember, though too great a proportion for the wrong reasons, especially in this format.
Gary Wilson returns after illness and takes his place in the following squad:
I would expect the first six to be as is, with the question mark over whether Gary Wilson takes the gloves and lengthens the batting at seven. I would hope we might unleash the Viljoen/Davis partnership as a taster to a more healthy 2018, while logically we would need to see if Harry Podmore is the bowler that his career average suggests and not as his figures from Chester-le-Street showed.
That would be my thinking, anyway, with Godleman to open in his rightful place. There is always the chance that the wicket will have been prepared to turn later, offering a chance for Hamidullah Qadri to repeat his Cardiff heroics from June.
Glamorgan, like Derbyshire, suffered T20 heartbreak and they have an experienced squad traveling, namely:
Selman, Rudolph, Murphy, Ingram, Carlson, Cooke, Salter, Meschede, de Lange, Carey, Hogan, Smith
There is a last chance to see Jacques Rudolph, who retires at the end of the summer after a fine career. There's no Graham Wagg and no Aneurin Donald so two regular thorns in our side are absent. The game also offers a fast bowling sideshow, with Hardus Viljoen and Marchant de Lange both presumably wanting to show who is the fastest 'gun'.
It is a game that, weather permitting, we can win, but as always is dependent on which Derbyshire takes the field.
Not to mention how much time the weather permits.
In the light of the latter forecast over the four days, I'm going for the draw.