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North and Godleman return for Falcons

Derbyshire Falcons welcome back former Australia all-rounder Marcus North and batsman Billy Godleman for today’s NatWest T20 Blast game with holders Northants Steelbacks at Wantage Road.

Both missed this week’s LV= County Championship draw with Essex at Chesterfield but are now available for the North Group’s bottom side and could line up alongside in-form Wes Durston.

Captain Wayne Madsen told the club’s website: "We have got a couple of Twenty20 games over the next few days, tonight against Northants away then in front of big crowd against Yorkshire at Chesterfield on Sunday. 

"We're looking forward to switching formats for the two games and I think it will be good chance for us to improve our Twenty20 form and we're looking forward to the game tonight."

Northants make one change to their squad that suffered a washout at Grace Road last Friday with fit-again batsman Rob Newton replacing James Kettleborough.

James Middlebrook could play in his 100th Twenty20 match while the Steelbacks’ hopes of improving on seventh place will rest significantly with star man David Willey.

NatWest T20 Blast fact

* Three players have scored at least 200 runs and taken 20 or more wickets in English domestic T20s since the start of last season: David Willey, Samit Patel and Azhar Mahmood.

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