Derbyshire will be hosting Yorkshire in the North Group match which is one of the two T20 Blast games to be played on Saturday. Both the teams had underwhelming performances during the previous edition failing to qualify for the quarter-finals. Yorkshire had seven wins from 14 matches and were one win short of going into next round depending on NRR. Derbyshire, on the other hand, ended up below Yorkshire with 12 points.
Derbyshire wasn’t actually behind Yorkshire as two of their matches ended without a result including one where they were on the top. The two teams will be aiming to start their campaign with a win. This will be Derbyshire’s first game of the season but Yorkshire’s second. The first match of Yorkshire was slated to be played on Friday against Nottinghamshire but ended without a result.
The North Group game in the Vitality T20 Blast 2019 will be played between Derbyshire Falcons and Yorkshire Vikings at the Queen’s Park in Chesterfield.
The match starts at 2:30 PM local time (7:00 PM IST) (1:30 PM GMT).
Four out of the last five completed T20s in Chesterfield have been played between Derbyshire and Yorkshire only. The venue has recorded scores of 160+ by the batting first side which can be defended but anything less than 160 will be going into chasing team’s hands.
Average first innings score: 163 (Last five completed T20 matches)
Record of chasing teams: Won – 2, Lost – 3
Probable Playing XIs:
Billy Godleman, Luis Reece, Wayne Madsen, Tom Lace, Alex Hughes, Matt Critchley, Harvey Hosein (WK), Darren Stevens, Logan van Beek, Ravi Rampaul, Mark Watt.
Bench: Fynn Hudson-Prentice, Leus du Plooy, Daryn Smit.
Tom Kohler-Cadmore (C), Adam Lyth, David Willey, Nicholas Pooran, Harry Brook, Gary Ballance, Jonathan Tattersall (WK), Tim Bresnan, Dom Bess, Duanne Oliver, Josh Poysden.
Bench: Matthew Fisher, Matthew Pillans, Jordan Thompson.
Injury and Availability News:
(Will be added when there is update)
David Willey in T20 Blast 2018:
With bat – 386 runs from 10 innings at an average of 38.6 with help of four fifties.
With ball – 9 wickets from 10 matches at an average of 32.88.
Captain and Vice-Captain Selection:
Captain Options – David Willey, Billy Godleman, Adam Lyth, Luis Reece
Vice-captain Options – Nicholas Pooran, Wayne Madsen, Tim Bresnan, Matt Critchley, Tom Kohler-Cadmore
Suggested Playing XI for Head to Head/Small Leagues:
Keeper – Nicholas Pooran
Batsmen – Tom Kohler-Cadmore, Adam Lyth, Billy Godleman, Wayne Madsen
All-Rounders – David Willey (C), Luis Reece (VC)
Bowlers – Josh Poysden, Dunanne Olivier, Logan van Beek, Ravi Rampaul
Suggested Playing XI for Grand Leagues/Mega Leagues:
Keeper – Nicholas Pooran (C)
Batsmen – Wayne Madsen, Gary Balance, Harry Brook
All-Rounders – Matt Critchley (VC), David Willey, Luis Reece, Tim Bresnan
Bowlers – Dunanne Olivier, Logan van Beek, Mark Watt
Derbyshire named their 14-man squad for this game but Yorkshire hasn’t announced yet. However, since the game against Nottinghamshire didn’t take place, the same 14 could be travelling to Chesterfield.
Yorkshire is expected to get their first win with the presence of star players in their line-up.
*Disclaimer: This team is based on the understanding, analysis and instinct of the author. While selecting your team, consider the points mentioned and make your own decision.
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