Wes Durston is hoping a remarkable red ball comeback will put Derbyshire’s white ball campaign back on track on Thursday.
Derbyshire responded to a dramatic NatWest Blast T20 collapse against Durham by beating Kent inside three days in the County Championship despite being bowled out for 86.
That was exactly what Derbyshire needed after they crumbled under pressure to lose a game they had all but won.
The Falcons lost four wickets in eight balls against Durham at Derby last Friday, but head for Northampton tomorrow with confidence restored by the eight wicket win at Canterbury.
“It was a phenomenal result after the way things were sitting after day one and we really pulled it out of the hat,” Durston said.
“After last Friday’s huge disappointment, we needed this victory and a lot of people who played in the championship game will be involved in the next couple of T20’s so we’re now looking forward to these next two games on the back of a strong win down in Kent.”
Derbyshire’s T20 captain admits the team snatched defeat from the jaws of victory against Durham which has left them one place off the bottom in the North Group.
“We should have won that game from the position we were in and the way we bowled and the start we made with the bat.
Other than the fact we didn’t get any partnerships together it’s hard to explain what went wrong. We need to draw a line under it, we have analysed certain areas of the game and told ourselves it can’t happen again.
“The game was won but somehow we managed to fall short of the tape and we’ve thrown two points away, if we’d won that game like we should have done we would have got over the first two defeats.
“We bowled well like we did the previous week and were going well at the start of the power-play but for some reason the scoreboard slowed up, we didn’t keep it ticking over and the pressure built up.”
Northamptonshire are bottom of the group after three defeats but Durston said: “This division has proven already that teams are beating each other so nothing is a given.
“We played them in a T20 warm-up game which we won off the last ball. We know they have a very dangerous batting line-up and we will have to be at the top of our game.
“We are developing as a T20 side and the more games we play the more experienced we will become, we just have to learn quickly in this North Division because it is a very competitive one.”
Derbyshire could have club captain Wayne Madsen back in the squad after a broken finger kept him out of the first four games.