Derbyshire return to the four-day format this week, as Wayne Madsen’s side make the short trip to Trent Bridge to face Nottinghamshire in the LV= County Championship; beginning tomorrow at 11am.
Karl Krikken’s men will visit the Test venue in a Championship fixture for the first time since a Simon Katich led side claimed a draw in a rain-effected contest back in 2007.
The two sides met earlier this year when a Stuart Broad inspired Nottinghamshire claimed a nine-wicket win at the County Ground in April - despite an unbeaten 87 from Shivnarine Chanderpaul.
Derbyshire will be hoping to claim their first win of the campaign against their cross-Trent rivals – and the will go into the fixture full of confidence after securing an impressive 63-run victory over Essex in the Yorkshire Bank 40 on Sunday.
Captain Madsen said: "It was a great result on Sunday against Essex in the Yorkshire Bank 40. We played well as a team – everyone played their part – and it was pleasing to see a great turn out at Leek. We hope to now take that momentum forward into the four-day contest and this week against Nottinghamshire.
“The lads always look forward to the fixtures against Nottinghamshire and especially this season as we meet them twice in the Championship. It is a big game for us, but we know that we are coming up against a strong Notts side. But I think we are still more than capable of getting a positive result. All the lads have been working extremely hard ahead of tomorrow’s game and we are looking forward to getting out there."
Nottinghamshire have drawn their last two four-day games against Sussex and Yorkshire and currently lie fifth in Division One. However, Chris Read’s side will be without England duo Broad and Graeme Swann for this week's clash, but Australian opener Ed Cowan will be available for the eagerly-anticipated fixture.
Derbyshire squad in full is as follows:
- Wayne Madsen, who is currently the 10th highest run scorer in Division One, needs 16 more runs to reach 500 for the season.
- Chesney Hughes needs 76 and Shivnarine Chanderpaul needs 101 for 500 Championship runs this season.
- Wayne Madsen needs 24 runs to reach 7000 career runs across all three formats (first class, List A and t20).
- Tim Groenewald requires 2 for 200 first-class wickets.
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