After his marathon innings against Middlesex last week, Billy Godleman is now ready to take the fight to Nottinghamshire as the opener prepares to make his home first-class debut.
The left-hander’s five-hour long vigil for 55 helped Derbyshire claim a first innings lead against Middlesex, but five wickets from Tim Murtagh and a hat-trick from Toby Roland-Jones ultimately condemned the visitors to defeat at Lord’s.
Godleman is now looking forward to the challenge of facing an experienced Nottinghamshire attack which will include England’s Stuart Broad and Samit Patel. And the opener is confident that Derbyshire can claim a positive result in their first home game of the new campaign, beginning tomorrow at 11am.
“Personally it was nice to spend some time at the wicket on Day 1 in the first innings,” Godleman said speaking about last week’s fixture with Middlesex. “But obviously on the flip side as a team we were disappointed with the result at the end.
“We were slightly ahead after both teams had batted in their first innings and I thought we had done well to secure that lead. But obviously we lost a cluster of wickets in the second session on the third day and that really hurt us as we attempted to build a 250 plus lead to defend on the final day.
“But it was an opportunity for us to learn from it and grow and I think moving forward it will help us build up our mindset when entering those key stages of a match. We will take the disappointments out from Lord’s and prepare well for this week’s game with Nottinghamshire and hope to make amends.
“This will be my first first-class game at the County Ground and I am looking forward to getting familiar to the wicket and the ground.
“Nottinghamshire are always there or there about at the top of Division One come the end of the season. They always pose questions with both the new ball and when the first change bowlers enter the attack, but my focus is to just give myself the best opportunity to play the first ball as well as possible and enjoy getting in.
“It is helpful that we have played against Notts a lot in pre-season both here and in Barbados, so that gives us the bonus of knowing what to expect from them.
“The County Ground is our home territory and we will be playing seven games here and one at Chesterfield so it is important that we play well. Ideally we can get some big crowds down here supporting us and I am really looking forward to getting out there on Wednesday.”
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