The players are ready, the weather is excellent, and this morning sees the start of a two-day game between Derbyshire and Northamptonshire at North Stars. After an energy-sapping opening training day that went well beyond the expected 4 hours, the players will get to grips with the side that were thrillingly beaten in the opening game of Derbyshire’s 2012 successful Championship campaign.
Northamptonshire were also the opponents when Wayne Madsen and Tom Poynton added a remarkable 261 for the 9th wicket at Wantage Road in August. No prizes are on offer on this occasion; although several players will be keen to use this game to stake their claim for a place in the side to take on Warwickshire in the opening Division One Championship match at Edgbaston in just a few weeks time.
Head Coach Karl Krikken and his 2nd XI counterpart Andrew Harris have nominated 14 players to participate in this game; Godleman, Borrington, Durston, Hughes, Redfern, Whiteley, Johnson, Poynton, Wainwright, Clare, Burgoyne, Turner, Palladino and Groenewald.
With both ‘keepers selected, Tom Poynton and Richard Johnson will share the duties behind the stumps.
The game was due to start at 10am Barbados time (2pm UK time) although the late arrival of the Northants' team may delay the commencement of play. When the game does get underway, Derbyshire will bat for the whole of the opening day.
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