The Steelbacks host Derbyshire in a must win game tomorrow night in the NatWest T20 Blast, as they aim for a late charge to make the quarter-finals.
Last Time the Sides Met
These sides were due to meet at the end of May at the 3aaa County Ground, however due to torrential rain, the game was abandoned without a ball being bowled.
The Steelbacks’ last game was against Leicestershire Foxes at Grace Road, was also rained off after 20 overs, a relief for last year’s T20 Champions. Things could not have gone any worse for the visitors, as they were bowled out for a disappointing 82 on a rather green track, with only three of the players reachin double figures. The rain then started falling, which led to the game being abandoned.
Derbyshire also faced Leicestershire in their last NatWest T20 Blast game, which was played in Chesterfield. The visitors won the toss and elected to bowl first, but the hosts really struggled as only two batsmen reached double figures, with opener Wes Durston being the only shining light as he hit 89 from 63 balls, as Derbyshire finished 143 all out. In reply, thanks to an unbeaten 65 from Greg Smith, the visitors reached their target with four balls to spare, winning by five wickets.
Ones to Watch
Derbyshire are very well led by their skipper and top order batsman, Wayne Madsen. This season, Madsen is averaging 41 having scored nearly 300 runs, which includes two half centuries. Whilst all-rounder Wes Durston is the one to watch, having scored 212 runs at an average of 26.5, which includes two half centuries. Durston is more than useful with the ball as well, having taken six wickets at an average of 27 this season, and he hasn’t given much away with an economy rate of 6.75.
The only change to the 13-man squad that travelled to Leicester last week, is Rob Newton returns and replaces James Kettleborough in the squad.
James Middlebrook is a part of the squad and could take part in his 100th career T20 game.
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