Wicketkeeper Tom Poynton believes Derbyshire can take positives into this week’s crunch fixture at Taunton despite the four wicket defeat to Surrey.
A fine 88 from Hashim Amla condemned Karl Krikken’s side to a four-wicket loss to Surrey, ending a run of two successive LV= County Championship wins.
Speaking to the Cricket Derbyshire E-Newsletter, Poynton insisted that Derbyshire will continue to battle all the way.
“All the lads are obviously disappointed,” he said.
“We battled extremely hard and pushed Surrey deep into the final day, but we came up just short.
“Nevertheless, we now have another big game. The guys are ready to roll their sleeves up, crack on and get the result we need.
“There are plenty of positives to take from this week’s match.
“We are beginning to show great versatility and a willingness to fight to the end - and that’s what we will continue to do over the last three games.
“We showed Surrey that we weren’t going to give up. We wanted to push them all the way, but unfortunately we couldn’t get those final few wickets.
“We go into the Somerset fixture with a fighting mentality. We will battle until the last ball. We must go out there, value our innings and leave nothing in the locker.”
The Derbyshire wicketkeeper-batsman shared a 93-run eight-wicket stand with David Wainwright to keep their side in the hunt against Surrey.
“It was nice to get some runs and contribute with the bat,” Poynton added. “I feel that my keeping has been good all year; I’m probably keeping as well as I ever have. But I am in the team to score runs and it was good that I could do that.
“David (Wainwright) batted really well. Together we battled hard and just tried to tick the scoreboard over. We could see with every run we scored their heads got lower and we managed to put ourselves in a decent position.
“The damage, however, was done in the first innings. After winning the toss it was a below-par score which cost us at the end. Yet, we battled hard and managed to push Surrey all the way.
“Amla is ranked number one in the world for a reason. He will punish you and that’s what he did. He batted exceptionally and was the difference on the day.
“But the bowlers gave it their all. They banged it in all day, the spinners did their jobs well and we are all bitterly disappointed to finish on the wrong end of the result.”
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