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Groenewald - We are up for the challenge

GroenewaldTim Groenewald is confident that Derbyshire can kick-on from their season opener against Warwickshire and hit the ground running today against Middlesex at Lord’s, as the county aims to claim their first win of the new campaign.

The 29-year-old claimed the side’s first wicket of the new campaign this week at Edgbaston, as Derbyshire claimed five points in their opening fixture against the reigning Division One champions.

The squad are now in London preparing for today’s LV= County Championship clash with Middlesex, who won their opening fixture against Nottinghamshire by 10 wickets this week.

Groenewald is now looking forward to today's encounter and insists the side are confident of claiming a positive result against a strong Middlesex side at the Home of Cricket.

Every game you play at Lord’s is incredible. It is just the occasion, the atmosphere and the ground, everything about that place is special,” he said. “I am really looking forward to today’s game. 

“Hopefully we can take the good things out of the Warwickshire game and move forward and hit the ground running against Middlesex.

“I have bowled at Lord’s a couple of times and it is different, you just have to adapt to it and get used to it and use that slope to your advantage. It is quite nice to have something to work with suppose to just a flat ground, so hopefully we can use it to our advantage.

“I think Middlesex will be up there come the end of the season. I think they are a good all-round side. They have a strong bowling unit and they will have Steven Finn back as well for the game which will make it a little harder for us really, but we are up for the challenge.

“We know that it is going to be a tough year coming up against tough opposition and every game will be difficult, but we have to forget who we are playing against and concentrate on the things we do well and hopefully that will stand us in good stead.

“You want to be playing up against the best. You want to be challenging yourself against the good guys in cricket and see how you fair. They average 50 odd with the bat and 20 odd with the ball for a reason and they play at the highest level, and if you can come out of those games with a 100 or with five wickets, and claim a win for the team it gives you massive confidence moving forward.

“We got nothing to lose really and we just have to keep doing the things we do well, stay positive and do as well as we can, and hopefully we can gain a positive result.”

Derbyshire's LV= CC fixture with Middlesex at Lord's begins today, 17th April at 11am. You can follow all the action on Twitter and Facebook throughout the four days, or listen to live ball-by-ball coverage online with BBC Radio Derby by clicking here.

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