Selection caps a fantastic week for the 24-year-old after helping secure the LV= County Championship Second Division for his county.
The Academy graduate all-rounder has been included in England’s seven man squad for the competition at the Kowloon Cricket Club in Honk Kong on 27th and 28th October.
The squad in full is as follows:
Karl Krikken’s side completed a six wicket victory over Hampshire to secure Derbyshire’s first trophy since the Benson & Hedges Cup triumph of 1993.
The former wicketkeeper won the 1990 Sunday League and the 1993 Benson & Hedges Cup during his playing days at the County Ground.
But he revealed that bagging his first trophy as Head Coach – and securing First Division cricket for the first time since the year 2000 - felt 20 times better.
Derbyshire sealed their place at the summit of the table today as Usman Khawaja’s unbeaten 72 led them to victory over Hampshire at the County Ground.
The hosts achieved the feat with six wickets to spare as Ross Whiteley hit the winning runs to signal the greatest achievement in the club’s recent history.
With Yorkshire making short work of Essex at Chelmsford, it soon became apparent that Derbyshire were going to have to win to take the title.
The 2012 National Knockout Final, sponsored by Police Credit Union, is one of a number of non First-Class matches to take place at Derby in the coming weeks, taking place at the County Ground on Wednesday, 19th September from 12pm.
There will be added spice with the contest an all Welsh affair after defending Champions Dyfed-Powys beat North Wales by nine wickets, whilst South Wales Gwent were victorious against PSNI by seven wickets in the semi-finals.
- 2 for 1 offer meaning members, ticket holders and those paying on the day bring a guest for free
- Each ticket valid for all four days
- Accompanied kids aged under 16 go free
Karl Krikken’s men will enter the game versus Hampshire at the County Ground, Derby, next week (Tuesday to Friday, 10.30am) knowing victory will almost certainly secure promotion.
The current league standings see Derbyshire top of the table; one point clear of second placed Yorkshire and six points clear of third placed Kent.
Kent play Glamorgan in their final game starting on Tuesday, Yorkshire face Essex. Two of the current top three will secure promotion.
The 2 for 1 offer on entry brought Derbyshire’s biggest four day crowd of the season versus Essex recently; now it will be repeated as the race for promotion reaches its climax versus Hampshire next week.
Karl Krikken’s men will bring down the curtain on their first-class season with a clash against their promotion rivals starting at 10.30am on Tuesday 11th, Wednesday 12th, Thursday 13th and Friday 14th September.
All ticket buyers, members and those who pay on the day will be permitted to bring a guest for free on all four days of the match. Entry for Under 16s is free.
All will become clear when the current match versus Kent reaches its conclusion, however, either promotion, the championship or both prizes are set to be on the line.
The ECB confirmed that the decision is in line with the ECB’s rules, regulations and policy and that the player’s inclusion would stand.
Karl Krikken and the team will continue to focus on the match and on their aim of securing promotion.
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