Andrew Gale hopes ex-Yorkshire spinner David Wainwright, right, proves a big success at Derbyshire – but is determined to ensure there’s no happy homecoming on Sunday.
The Pontefract-born left-arm spinner returns to Headingley with Derbyshire Falcons, who tackle the hosts in a Clydesdale Bank 40 clash at Headingley, with Aussie paceman Mitchell Starc in line for his debut.
Wainwright, 27, who penned a two-year deal with Derbyshire last September, has taken a decent haul of first-class wickets so far this term, including a career-best 6-33 against Northants in April.
Gale said: “Dave’s had a good start and I’m really pleased for him. Yorkshire is his home county, but we could never give him the first frontline spinner role because of what Adil Rashid has done for us and the way he bowls.
“It’s meant that he’s had to find his feet somewhere else, but hopefully he’ll do really well there – but not on Sunday!”
Derbyshire proved somewhat of a bogey side for Yorkshire in limited-overs competitions last season, beating them home and away in the CB40, while also triumphing at Headingley in the Friends Life t20 – with skipper Andrew Gale under no illusions his side must be at their best tomorrow.
He said: “They have been a tricky one-day side for us and have some good players such as (Wes) Durston and their captain (Wayne) Madsen is someone I rate highly. If we are not on the ball, they will beat us again and we’ll have to make sure on Sunday we’re on the top of our game.”