It’s been a massive local event in the cricket calendar for the past couple of years, and true to form, Derbyshire’s meeting with Yorkshire in the Natwest T20 Blast is sold out once again.
With the Falcons’ beautiful outground, Queens in Chesterfield, being located just 9 or so miles from the Yorkshire border, this is as close to a home tie for both teams as you’ll get. And the crowds respond accordingly.
Historically, Yorkshire tend to take the spoils but Derbyshire have had a few victories. This year, it’s only the second fixture for each of the sides and both are coming off a win on their first.
Derbyshire beat the Blast holders, Northamptonshire, last night at Wantage Road and Yorkshire beat the newly crowned Royal London One-Day Cup champions, Nottinghamshire, at Headingley.
Both will be brimming with confidence and both have some firepower in their batting, but the Falcons have holes in their bowling – a hole they will be hoping Imran Tahir can plug – and the Vikings showed some questionable fielding last night.
Who wins this one? This is T20 cricket – who knows?
Luis Reece took to the field at Wantage road like a man with something to prove, and maybe he was, but it was Gary Wilson who kept the calm head. Captaining his side for the first time, Wilson came in when the powerful Madsen and Godleman were gone, planted his feet and steered his side home with class.
The Vikings don’t want for talent and it makes choosing a key man difficult. The victory against Notts last night saw plenty of action with bat and ball, but one man stood just slightly higher than the rest. Adam Lyth has plenty of ability and a good pile of class, but he also has experience and a decent measure of calm. He lead the way last night, getting his side off to a storming start with the bat. Derbyshire’s bowlers would do well to remove him quickly.
Derbyshire squad: Godleman (C), Reece, Madsen, Hughes, Wilson (wk), Critchley, Smit, Henry, Viljoen, Cotton, Tahir, Slater
Yorkshire squad: Kohler-Cadmore, Lyth, Marsh, Handscomb, Waite, Leaning, Bresnan, Rashid, Plunkett, Willey, Coda, Patterson
Weather and conditions
The weather is going to be warm, but not Australia warm, and the sun will come and go. There is no rain forecast, though, so there should be no breaks.
Date: Saturday 8th July
Ground: Queens Park, Chesterfield
Umpires: Steve Gale & Peter Hartley
Odds (SkyBet): Derbyshire 6/4, Yorkshire 8/15