Wayne Madsen is relishing the opportunity to lead Derbyshire out at Lord’s on Wednesday for their LV= County Championship clash with Middlesex, and he hopes that his side can build on their promising start to the new campaign.
Derbyshire had to settle for a draw in their opening LV= CC fixture with Warwickshire in a rain-effected encounter at Edgbaston, as Karl Krikken’s men claimed five points against the reigning champions.
The side have since been preparing for Wednesday’s visit to Lord’s to face a Middlesex side on a high after defeating highly-fancied Nottinghamshire by 10 wickets.
England paceman Steven Finn will also be available for the tie, but Madsen is confident that his young side can claim victory in London at the Home of Cricket.
“The guys are looking forward to the game, everyone wants to play at Lord’s and it is quite exciting for the team,” he said. “There are also some decent positives we can take into the game from last week’s match with Warwickshire.
“I thought we batted nicely except maybe for about half hour after lunch on day 1, but otherwise I thought we were pretty decent. To claim the extra batting point on the opening day showed the fighting spirit of this team. Tony Palladino, Chesney Hughes and Mark Turner did brilliantly to get the score up and over 200.
“I thought we did well with the ball especially on that wicket and to get the bonus point on the last day was a good effort by the guys. It was difficult with the rain intervals to get into a settled rhythm, but in that final morning we started to hit our straps and we picked up a few key wickets which obviously won us the extra bowling point.
“We now look forward to this Wednesday’s game at Lord’s. We haven’t been there for a few years so it will be nice to get back out there. Middlesex obviously had a good result last week, so it will be a big game for us and we will really have to be up for it and play well.
“We have spoken about certain payers, but we can’t put players on pedestals and we can’t worry about who we are going to face. We have to go out there and play our game and show our fighting spirit and play to our best ability and see where that takes us.
“We are looking to win games. You can’t go into the season looking to settle for draws as draws aren’t good enough. You only get three points for a draw which isn’t ideal. We do need to win games if we are going to compete in this league so we will be going out there looking for the victory.”
Derbyshire's LV= CC fixture with Middlesex at Lord's begins on Wednesday 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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