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County cricket preview 2019: Derbyshire

by Wisden Staff 4 minute read

We examine how Derbyshire are shaping up ahead of the county cricket 2019 season as they welcome back some popular faces to the management team.

Derbyshire County Cricket Club

Captain: Billy Godleman (Championship, 50 over), TBC (T20)
Last season: CC2: 7/10; RL50: 5/9 North Group; T20: 7/9 North Group
Transfers in: Logan van Beek (NZ), Tom Lace (Middlesex, loan), Mark Watt (Lancs), Kane Richardson (Blast only, Aus)
Transfers out: Will Davis (Leics), Ben Slater (Notts), Callum Brodrick, Hardus Viljoen, Gary Wilson (all released)

VIEW DERBYSHIRE TEAM PAGE

Stick on: Wayne Madsen

Derbyshire batsman Wayne Madsen raises his bat after scoring 87 runs

Now into his 11th year with the club, the South African scored almost 300 more Championship runs than any of his teammates last season, topping 1,000 for the fifth time in six campaigns. With Ben Slater moving on to Notts it’s unclear where else the runs are coming from.

Wildcard: Logan van Beek

Derbyshire all-rounder Logan van Beek is one to watch in county cricket in 2019

England fans may remember the seam-bowling all-rounder from the 2014 World T20 humiliation against the Netherlands, when he took 3-9. He has since switched his allegiance to New Zealand – the country of his birth – and bowls a full length which should be suited to English conditions.

Prediction

CC2: 10/10; RL50: 8/9 North Group; T20: 8/9 North Group

Familiar faces have returned with Dave Houghton back as head of cricket and club legend Dominic Cork taking charge of the T20 side but the playing staff looks very thin, particularly in the batting department.

VIEW DERBYSHIRE TEAM PAGE

This county cricket 2019 preview was first published in issue 18 of Wisden Cricket Monthly. Subscribe here.

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