Tuesday 17 April 2007 

Derbyshire To Field Three Debutants Against Essex

Derbyshire are set to hand debuts to Simon Katich, Phil Weston and Ian Harvey in their season-opening LV County Championship Division 2 clash with Essex.

They are set to rely on Tom Lungley, Kevin Dean and Graham Wagg as seam bowlers with Ant Botha their spinner.

Their strength in depth will be tested as they are missing Travis Birt (ankle injury), Ian Hunter (knee problem) and Graeme Welch (calf injury.)

Coach Dave Houghton said: "The first team of the season is always the most difficult one to pick because everyone has been working so hard during pre-season.

"The team I have picked - both batsmen and bowlers - is based entirely on the form that the players have shown in pre-season.

"It is important now that those not selected knuckle down in the second XI game against Lancashire to push the first team players for a place in the side.''