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Krikken looking ahead to crucial Championship double-header

KrikkenKarl Krikken says his side will be fully prepared ahead back-to-back LV= County Championship fixtures at Surrey and Somerset.

After securing two straight four-day victories against Middlesex and Sussex, Derbyshire have moved out of the bottom two in Division One at the expense of Surrey and Somerset.

Wayne Madsen’s side now face both counties in the space of nine days beginning with the visit to the Kia Oval on Thursday to face Gareth Batty’s side, before travelling to Taunton on Tuesday, 3rd September.

Derbyshire enter the games in high spirits after the recent wins, and Head Coach Krikken insists his side will be ready for the challenging week ahead.

“We are buzzing,” he said. “The guys have been exceptional over the last two Championship fixtures and are now looking forward to the challenges ahead this week.

“We will now make sure that we do everything right over the next few days so we are properly prepared for the task ahead.

“It’s no secret that the next two games are massive for us. It’s just a question of making sure we do everything right and be prepared.

“The mentality certainly isn’t to just draw and we are looking to go out and get wins. Victory comes from a lot of components. If we can get seven or eight lads playing decent cricket – like we have done over the last couple of games – we will be in with a shout again.

“We will try and stay in both games as much as possible to get the results we need. If we either bat or bowl first, we have to do our job properly to ensure we remain in the match as we enter the final innings.

“But we have to remember that there are four games left and if we still have two games here at Derby.”

Krikken, however, will be without Chesney Hughes for both fixtures as the hard-hitting opening flies to the United States for the birth of his first child.

“Chesney will be going back this week so he will be unavailable,” he added. “We expect him to be away for a couple of weeks and Borrington will be taking his place in the squad for the upcoming fixtures.

“Madsen and Chanderpaul have played a lot of cricket this season so we decided to rest both of them for the one-day fixtures. Them and Groenewald have played almost every game this season so it’s been good for them to have a break.

“We are now just waiting on Groenewald whether or not he will be travelling after the birth of his child on Monday, but Palladino is back fit again and he is itching to play. David Wainwright, meanwhile, will also travel down with the squad.”

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