Wayne Madsen looking for Derbyshire CCC improvement in T20 Blast

Derbyshire CCC 2015 squad, skipper Wayne Madsen
Derbyshire CCC 2015 squad, skipper Wayne Madsen

Wayne Madsen wants to bring the excitement back to Derbyshire by qualifying for the knockout stages of this year’s Natwest T20 Blast.

Madsen’s men endured a torrid time in last season’s competition and finished bottom of their group with just one win in 14 matches.

They enjoyed more success in the 50 over format, where they reached the quarter-final stagees of the CB 50 competition.

Derbyshire have strengthened significantly in their quest for limited overs honours with the signings of World Cup star Martin Guptill, Melbourne Renegades bowler Nathan Rimmington and Sri Lankan batter Tillakaratne Dilshan.

“The T20 is huge for us this summer and one of the areas where we want to really improve in,” said Madsen.

“To win just one game, albeit against the champions, last year was very disappointing.

“As a club we are targeting the knock-out stages. I want us to bring the drama and excitement back to the county.

“A lot of excellent and hard work has gone on behind the scenes to improve facilities and take the club forward, to get to the knock-out stages in the T20 would be a reward for all that hard work.

“As players it is our responsibility to make that happen. T20 is vital to Derbyshire and we want to push on.

“We have made some strong signings and we are confident that we will be more competitive in T20 this season.”

The Falcons kick off their T20 Blast campaign against Yorkshire Vikings at Headingly on 15th May, with their first home match taking place on 29th May against Lancashire.