Stand-in Captain Billy Godleman says it is a huge honour to captain Derbyshire ahead of the visit of Gloucestershire in the LV= County Championship, starting on Sunday.
The 26-year-old batsman captained the county for the first time against Lancashire at Southport last time out, and is set to lead Derbyshire at The 3aaa County Ground this week.
Godleman, has enjoyed a good start in the four-day format in 2015, averaging 42.83 from six innings, in which he has made three half-centuries.
He also signed a one-year contract extension at the start of the month, and says he is delighted to have the opportunity to captain Derbyshire in the absence of the injured Club Captain Wayne Madsen.
Sri Lanka batting all-rounder Tillakaratne Dilshan will make his LV= County Championship debut for Derbyshire as they welcome Gloucestershire to The 3aaa County Ground, starting on Sunday.
Dilshan has been named in Graeme Welch’s 12-man squad to face Gloucestershire for the second time this season, after returning victorious from Bristol in April.
The 38-year-old arrives as a replacement for outgoing overseas player Hashim Amla who played his final Derbyshire game, alongside Dilshan, in the NatWest T20 Blast victory against Lancashire at Derby on Friday night.
Stand-in Captain Billy Godleman will once again lead the team, and it will be the first time he has captained Derbyshire at The 3aaa County Ground.
Graeme Welch hailed a fine all-round performance as his Derbyshire Falcons players defeated Lancashire Lightning by five wickets in the NatWest T20 Blast on Friday night at Derby.
Lancashire were restricted for 127-9 in their 20 overs after being inserted by Wes Durston, with Wayne White recording Man of the Match figures of 3-21.
Derbyshire subsequently knocked off the runs for the loss of five wickets with 14 balls to spare, after international duo Hashim Amla (51) and Tillakaratne Dilshan (38) had put on an opening partnership of 93.
And Welch praised a sensational all-round performance as Derbyshire recorded their first win of the competition.
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Derbyshire Falcons recorded their first victory in the 2015 NatWest T20 Blast, beating Lancashire Lightning by five wickets in front of the Sky Sports cameras.
Man of the Match Wayne White was the pick of the bowlers with 3-21 as Derbyshire restricted Lancashire to 127-9 from their 20 overs, with Tony Palladino (2-22) and Ben Cotton (2-28) both claiming two wickets apiece.
Derbyshire’s overseas duo of Hashim Amla (51) and Tillakaratne Dilshan (38), who was making his Falcons debut, were in stupendous form as they put on an opening partnership of 93 to calm any Derbyshire nerves.
Lancashire took a flurry of quick wickets in the middle overs to delay the Derbyshire victory, but Chesney Hughes and Shiv Thakor saw them home with 14 balls to spare to claim a five wicket win.
The first Members’ forum of the 2015 season, which was announced at the Club’s AGM in March, will take place on Sunday 31 May before the start of the LV= County Championship fixture at home to Gloucestershire.
The Members forum, will be a chance for Members to receive updates from Chief Executive Simon Storey, Chairman Chris Grant and members of the Supervisory Board on matters both on and off the field.
At the first forum in May, Cricket Advisory Director Kevin Dean will provide a cricket report update and Business Development Advisor David Booth will give an update on the Club’s commercial development in 2015. There will also be an update on Ground Development from CEO Simon Storey and the Club’s Liaison Officer for Ground Development David Griffin.
Members will then have their opportunity to post questions directly to the board.
Ben Cotton is enjoying playing a leading role in Derbyshire Falcons’ NatWest T20 Blast campaign, as the team prepare for the visit of Lancashire Lightning tomorrow; 7pm start.
Cotton has been a standout performer with the ball in the opening two fixtures, taking three wickets at an impressive average of 16 including 2-19 against Yorkshire Vikings.
The 21-year-old pace bowler also has an economy rate of six runs per over, which is an impressive feat considering his role as a Powerplay bowler in the first six overs.
Cotton says he is enjoying the responsibility of bowling at such at a key time at the start of the opposition innings, ahead of the live televised fixture on Sky Sports.
Sri Lanka batsman Tillakaratne Dilshan is set to make his Derbyshire Falcons debut tomorrow, as Lancashire Lightning visit The 3aaa County Ground in the NatWest T20 Blast; 7pm start.
Dilshan will arrive in Derby today and goes straight into Graeme Welch’s 13-man squad, enabling him to line-up alongside South Africa Test Captain Hashim Amla.
The 38-year-old batting all-rounder is part of two changes to the squad that made the trip to Grace Road last Friday, with Tony Palladino also coming in as Mark Footitt and Greg Cork make way.
Wayne White is in contention to feature for the first time in 2015 as he was named in the matchday squad for this fixture.
Discounted ticket prices available in advance will cease 24 hours before the start of tomorrow night’s first home NatWest T20 Blast game, as Derbyshire Falcons take on Lancashire Lightning; 7pm start.
That means anybody wishing to attend at The 3aaa County Ground tomorrow night will have until 7pm tonight to take advantage of our discounted prices, before reverting to our ‘On the Gate’ prices.
Adults can watch the game for as little as £16 when purchasing in advance, which is a saving of £4!
Tickets are selling fast ahead of the game, and supporters are encouraged to buy the tickets prior to arriving tomorrow night.
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