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Barbados 1: Preparation

Passport and Cricket BallThe brief promise of spring which flickered last weekend has been firmly extinguished as rain, fog and plummeting temperatures have ensured a return to wintry conditions…just in time for Derbyshire’s departure for sunnier climes on Monday afternoon. 

Final preparations are being made by the players and coaching staff ahead of their departure from Manchester Airport to Barbados – a significant logistical operation which has necessitated special dispensation for additional baggage weight in the form of kit, equipment and medical supplies.

The squad will again be based at North Stars and are scheduled for an intensive practice session on Tuesday before they play a two-day game against Northamptonshire at the same venue starting on Wednesday. Those not involved in the match against Northants will still play some cricket, however, taking on their counterparts from one of the other county sides. 

Thursday evening will give the squad an opportunity to attend a function at the British High Commission before t20 action begins on Saturday against Warwickshire at the 3W’s Oval, and Sunday will bring more t20 cricket in the shape of Finals Day, while Nottinghamshire will provide the opposition in another 2-day game starting on Tuesday 19th March, with the players not involved in that game playing a 40-over game.  

With a minimum of 7 days of cricket, plus whatever additional t20 cricket is played on the Finals Day, the tour promises to give the entire squad an opportunity to play some keen and competitive cricket, and also allow Head Coach Karl Krikken the chance to evaluate his charges before the start of what promises to be an exciting and challenging season back in Division 1. 

The Derbyshire website will provide comprehensive coverage of the tour with regular updates on Facebook and Twitter, plus comprehensive photographic coverage in our gallery.

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