Monday saw the playing staff given a day off in Barbados with an opportunity for relaxation and recreation. However, as the sun began to set just after 5pm, Derbyshire captain, Wayne Madsen was busy in the makeshift outdoor gym which Strength and Conditioning Coach, Luke Storey, has created in one of the communal seating areas beside the beach.
Speaking after a full week on the island, Madsen spoke in glowing terms about his squad, highlighting the efforts of the younger players in the t20 games at the weekend; “I thought we played pretty well – with several senior players out, others stepped in and it was great to see Ben Slater batting in that sort of environment, and Ross Whiteley batting so superlatively.”
“Both ‘keepers had a good innings too, plus we saw some really quick bowling from Turner and Footitt. The win over Warwickshire was a great effort against one of the leading sides in the country.”
Tuesday sees Derbyshire back at North Stars for a 2-day game against Nottinghamshire and Madsen and Karl Krikken have already agreed with their opponents’ Head Coach, Mick Newell that Derbyshire will start the first day in the field. The format for each day is fluid, with both sides bowling 90 overs each over the two days, but not necessarily all on one day.
The game will start at 10am local time (2pm UK time) and Madsen is hopeful of playing after a groin injury; “It’s been frustrating, but I’ve been working on fitness and I’m pretty sure I’ll be ok for tomorrow.”
Wes Durston is also likely to play, although Jon Clare is still doubtful with a knee injury.
Paul Borrington’s tour is over, however; he flies home in the next 24 hours after suffering a fractured cheekbone - which may require surgery - in the warm-up before the game against Warwickshire on Saturday in which he top-scored with 24.
Dan Redfern’s hand injury will also preclude him from taking any part in the game against Nottinghamshire but he will remain with the tour party.
A full report on the game against Nottinghamshire will appear here tomorrow.
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