The second and final day of the game against Northamptonshire gets underway at 10am (2pm UK time) today at North Stars and will offer Derbyshire’s bowlers a chance to impress in conditions that once again are scorching hot and at times, quite oppressive.
The importance of Derbyshire’s bowling attack in 2012 cannot be understated by the combined statistics of the front line bowlers each of whom took more than 20 wickets in the season; between them Tim Groenewald (42), Tony Palladino (56), Jon Clare (30), David Wainwright (44) and Wes Durston (22) took 194 wickets at a combined average of 25.82. With useful contributions from Ross Whiteley and Mark Turner, Derbyshire had a strong bowling unit that catered for most conditions throughout their successful Division 2 Championship campaign.
The wicket-keeping duties will shared today by Tom Poynton and Richard Johnson, with Poynton taking the first 45 overs and with Wayne Madsen not playing in this fixture, Wes Durston captains the side.
To ensure the remainder of the Derbyshire squad to play some cricket, the tour organisers have agreed to create two makeshift teams composed of the players not selected in their current games from the other 5 county sides here in Barbados and will play a 40-over game today.
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