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MATCH PREVIEW: Derbyshire vs Lancashire

MATCH PREVIEW: Derbyshire vs Lancashire

Lancashire head to Derbyshire 

Derbyshire v Lancashire
Specsavers County Championship, Division Two
The Pattonair County Ground, Derby
Monday June 17 - Thursday 20, 11am

Rain, rain go away!

Lancashire’s last three games have all been weather-affected draws against Gloucestershire, Leicestershire and, most recently, Worcestershire, with the latter certainly denying them the opportunity for victory having bowled their hosts out for 98.

They now travel to Derby for the first time in Championship cricket since 2015, when the Red Rose completed the double that summer - a promotion-winning year.

So the county’s unbeaten start to the season has seen them win three and draw three. They remain top of the table.

Derbyshire, meanwhile, have won two, lost two and drawn two of their six games, drawing a rain-affected clash with Glamorgan at Swansea earlier this week.

TEAM NEWS

There is every chance of more rotation in the seam attack, with Richard Gleeson and Tom Bailey both sitting out last week’s clash with Worcestershire.

Matthew Parkinson is waiting in the wings as a spin option, but he has yet to play a Championship game this season.

OPPONENTS

Derbyshire, captained by Billy Godleman, have enjoyed an encouraging start to the season and are in the mix for a place in the top three and promotion, currently sitting fourth in the table.

They have beaten both Durham and Leicestershire, but have also lost to Durham and Glamorgan.

They will field overseas quick Logan van Beek, a former Holland international born in New Zealand and currently playing his domestic cricket there. Van Beek is also a former under 19s New Zealand basketball international.

Former Lancashire all-rounder Luis Reece will open the batting alongside Godleman, who scored an unbeaten 211 against Glamorgan at Swansea as the visitors replied to 394 all out with 504-4. He shared a third-wicket stand of 291 with Tom Lace (143) on Thursday’s final day.

Earlier this season, Godleman became the first Derbyshire player to post three successive one-day centuries.

The county last played Division One cricket in 2013.

PREVIOUS MEETING

Lancashire won matches at Derby and Southport in 2015, the season they were promoted in second place behind Surrey.

After winning by 250 runs at the County Ground in April, a game in which Reece played for Lancashire, the Red Rose secured an innings and 15-run victory at Southport at the end of the following month.

Derbyshire actually posted 370 in their first innings having elected to bat, with Ben Slater, Godleman and South African overseas Hashim Amla all scoring fifties.

But Amla’s compatriots Alviro Petersen and Ashwell Prince bettered him significantly with 113 and 230 respectively, sharing 258 for the third wicket to recover from 18-2 and underpin a reply of 551 all out.

Derbyshire then crumbled from 119-1 in their second innings, which started with them 181 behind, to 166 all out in the face of spin as Simon Kerrigan claimed 4-80 and Arron Lilley a career best 5-23. The win was completed on the fourth day.

Later in the season, Petersen and Prince both hit big double centuries in a win over Glamorgan at Colwyn Bay, continuing their alliance with a third-wicket stand of 501.

WHAT THEY SAID

Alex Davies is confident Lancashire will continue their relentless march towards promotion from Division Two.

Lancashire are top of the table with three wins and three draws from six games, with all three draws heavily weather-affected in the last three weeks.

The county’s excellent form was highlighted by bowling Worcestershire out for 98 on day one at New Road, only for rain to deny them the chance to push for victory number four. That will hopefully come at Derbyshire.

“You look at the last three games that have been weather-affected and we’ve been dominating in all three. Weather aside, we could potentially be six from six now,” said Davies, back in the side against Worcester after a broken thumb.

“You’ve just got to put the weather to one side and control what we can control. We’ve played some good cricket.

“Every facet of the game this year we’ve been great. Look at our bowling, it speaks for itself - 98 all out at Worcester. Well, every game we’ve bowled really well.

“We’re in a luxurious position where we can rest the odd seamer here and there. We’re always leaving out two or three class bowlers, including Parky in that. We’re not playing our spinner.

“Derbyshire are a good team, and it’s a tough place to go and play.

“But we’re playing well, and we’ll concentrate on what we’re doing well.

“There’s no easy games. Everyone wants to beat Lancashire. Everywhere we go, everyone pricks their ears up and says, ‘Right, let’s give these a game’. We can’t be complacent.”

Davies returned to Lancashire’s team having broken his thumb whilst keeping wicket in the “first hour of the first game” against Middlesex at Lord’s in April.

He played as a specialist batsman at New Road, something which looks set to continue for the time being: “We’re just playing it by ear. We’ll just monitor it. We’re in a great position with Dane (Vilas), who has kept at international level,” he said.

“It’s been a strange start to the season, but injuries happen. You’ve just got to crack on. There’s a lot worse things happening in the world. I was really happy to be back.”

He played as a specialist batsman at New Road, something which looks set to continue for the time being: “We’re just playing it by ear. We’ll just monitor it. We’re in a great position with Dane (Vilas), who has kept at international level,” he said.

“It’s been a strange start to the season, but injuries happen. You’ve just got to crack on. There’s a lot worse things happening in the world. I was really happy to be back.”

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