Derbyshire face Gloucestershire with shot at Royal London Cup quarters

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It is fair to say that Derbyshire began behind the eight ball when it came to this season’s , but despite their pre-tournament penalty they retain hope of reaching its quarter-final stage.

Wayne Madsen’s team head into the final round of games in Group A knowing that victory over on Thursday, coupled with Leicestershire failure to defeat Lancashire at Old Trafford, would be rewarded with an away tie in the last eight.

Having begun with minus two points for a substandard limited-overs pitch for a match against Durham in 2013, were further discomforted when a contest with Worcestershire which they were dominating was abandoned 14 balls shy of a Duckworth-Lewis result.

“We were always going to struggle because of the two points we had taken off us and then to lose another point at Worcester when the rain stopped us winning the game made it harder,” said Derbyshire’s elite performance director Graeme Welch. “We’ve actually done quite well to get where we are. I just hope the two-point penalty doesn’t come back to haunt us.”

Perhaps liberated by the lack of expectation, the Falcons crushed the renowned one-day specialists Hampshire by 136 runs in their opening fixture and moved into credit by beating by seven wickets in their second. Only the two Roses counties have defeated Derbyshire, although the pessimistic among their followers would no doubt dwell on the most recent of them – a 10-wicket drubbing at Scarborough a week ago.

Naturally, Welch has maintained focus on the more positive aspects of a young side marshalled by the experienced batting trio of Madsen, Wes Durston and Marcus North. The former pair have struck two hundreds apiece. “The players have proved to themselves in the games we have won that we are good enough when we get it right and we have actually played some good cricket,” added Welch, who has retained faith in the squad on duty against .

“For these lads to start growing, they need to have experience of playing in big games and playing in the knockout stages of competitions. The TV cameras will be here, so I just want us to go out there and put on a show to let everybody know what we are capable of.”

On paper, Leicestershire hold the advantage given that they face bottom-placed Lancashire. However, with Twenty20 finals day places up for grabs for the home side, they are expected to provide a sterner test than in recent weeks.

Leicestershire’s spike in form has coincided with the appointment of the New Zealand veteran Scott Styris as captain in the wake of Josh Cobb suffering a broken thumb, and the return of Shiv Thakor following a misdiagnosed finger injury that kept him out for the first half of the season.

It remains possible that Northamptonshire – Twenty20 champions 12 months ago – could claim the final quarter-final place in the group, but that would require flunks from both Midlands rivals. They, like Derbyshire, are one point adrift of Leicestershire but cannot overhaul Welch’s side if both teams win as their number of victories would be one fewer and the first criteria for separation between teams finishing level on points is the win tally.

The other issue, aside from qualification, regards the securing of home quarter-finals. Yorkshire, Northamptonshire’s opponents , and Gloucestershire are all level on 10 points, and with an extra win in the bag the former control their own destiny.

Yorkshire travel to another of Saturday’s NatWest Blast finalists, . Gloucestershire will be boosted by the return of their Australian captain Michael Klinger following a shoulder injury and they have also recalled Will Gidman, who was left out of their recent County Championship win over Worcestershire following the news he is to join Nottinghamshire next month on a three-year deal, while Ravi Bopara will be looking to prove a point for Essex following his omission from England’s one-day squad.