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A closer look: Derbyshire Falcons

A closer look: Derbyshire Falcons

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Coach: Dominic Cork - Formerly a player at Lancashire and one of Derbyshire's greatest, he takes over as head coach after working with John Wright for the past two T20 campaigns. He captained Hampshire to the T20 title in 2010.

Captain: Billy Godleman - No longer just a stubborn red-ball opener, Godleman has blossomed into a white-ball blaster and went 'Billy-istic' in this season's Royal London One-Day Cup, scoring 521 runs, including three centuries, at an average of 74. That contained an unbeaten 107 from 62 balls at Headingley.

Overseas signings: Logan van Beek (New Zealand).

The Narrative: In a wide open North Group, Derbyshire currently occupy fourth and final qualification place. It looks as though it may go down to the wire.

Star Man: Matt Critchley - The 22-year-old is capable of 'X factor' performances as he showed last season when he smashed 22 off the final over by hitting Tim Bresnan for two sixes and two fours to carry The Falcons to an improbable victory at Chesterfield.

Mr Consistency: Wayne Madsen - His 526 runs at an average of 48 with four fifties in 2017 is a Derbyshire record and last season, he scored 328 runs with three more half-centuries. He has opened the bowling in some matches and his off-spin bagged 13 wickets two seasons ago. 

Under the radar: Leus du Plooy - The 24-year-old South African is in his first season in English cricket but could be one to watch judging by his 75 off 37 balls, which included seven fours and five sixes, in the tied Royal London One-Day Cup game against Yorkshire in April. His left-arm spin provides the Falcons with another bowling option.

Killer stat: T20 cricket has not been a strong suit for Derbyshire in the past. They have only qualified for the quarter-finals twice and are the only county never to make Finals Day.

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Tickets are on sale now for Lancashire Lightning's Vitality Blast fixture against Derbyshire Falcons at Emirates Old Trafford on Bank Holiday Monday.

They are priced from £1 juniors and £8 adults when bought in advance.

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