A NUMBER of milestones could be reached when Derbyshire return to the four-day format today as Wayne Madsen’s side welcome Sussex to the County Ground.
The county’s second home County Championship Division One fixture of the season will also be Shivnarine Chanderpaul’s 300th career first-class match, a period in which the world’s number two Test batsman has compiled over 22,000 runs and 66 hundreds at an average of 56.19.
The team will be looking to claim their first victory of the season as Ed Joyce brings his experienced side, which will include England spinner Monty Panesar, to Derby.
Wayne Madsen requires 41 runs to reach 5,000, while Shivnarine Chanderpaul will play his 300th first-class game.
Chesney Hughes needs requires 114 to make it 2,000 first-class run, while Jonathan Clare and Tim Groenewald need seven and five wickets to reach 150 and 200 respectively.
Madsen said: “I think it is important that we make the most of our home fixtures. Home advantage is huge in this competition.
“We are all raring to go.
“Sussex are a good side, but if we are on top of our game we can achieve a positive result.”
Richard Johnson takes over the gloves from former Lullington Park star Tom Poynton for the first time in the four-day format this week while Mark Turner returns to Karl Krikken’s squad after recovering from injury.
Bowling duo Mark Footitt and Alasdair Evans have both been called up into the side after the pair impressed in the three-day friendly against New Zealand at the beginning at May.
But Tony Palladino will miss out on selection due to injury.
Derbyshire’s 13-man squad: Billy Godleman, Chesney Hughes, Wayne Madsen, Shivnarine Chanderpaul, Wes Durston, Dan Redfern, Richard Johnson, David Wainwright, Jonathan Clare, Tim Groenewald, Mark Turner, Mark Footitt, Alasdair Evans.