As is the nature with the FLt20, the games come thick and fast, and this week at the county ground is no different as the Falcons take on Yorkshire Carnegie on Monday at 7.10pm followed quickly with a visit from the Durham Dynamos on Wednesday, June the 20th.
The games will be a stern test for the Falcons early in their campaign, as both oppositions are littered with international talent, although Derbyshire enjoyed victories against both sides during the 2011 campaign.
“The two sides are obviously top outfits, but the way we’ve played our cricket this year; we won’t be taking a back ward step from anyone,” Derbyshire all-rounder Wes Durston said.
The Falcons beat the White Rose County last year at Headingley, but suffered a reverse when the sides met at the County Ground last July.
“Yorkshire have players like Rashid, Jacques and Starc, who are all match winners on their day, but we have beaten them in the past, and feel like we’re as prepared as we have ever been to take them on this season.” Durston continued.
The game with the Dynamos comes less than 48 hours after the end of the Yorkshire fixture, but Durston is comfortable with the demands of the modern day professional game.
“It is what we have trained so hard for since the start of November. The work that goes on behind the scenes and in the off season with James Pipe (Physio) and Luke Storey (Strength & Conditioning Coach) is there to prepare us for these challenges.
“When I made my debut for Somerset back in 2002, having games come in such close proximity to each other might have been an issue. But the lads are fitter now than they’ve ever been, and that, along with our desire to do something special this year, will carry us through.”
The Falcons came out victorious in last year’s home fixture against Durham in a thrilling 5 run victory.
“We’ve had a fair amount of success against Durham in the time I’ve been at Derbyshire. They clearly have many players who can take a game away from you, like Mustard and Blackwell for example, but we have managed to get our fair share of points against them in the past, and we are all hoping that continues throughout this season as well.’
However, Durston, winner of County Cricket’s Most Valuable Player Award for May added: “As successful as we’ve been against Durham in the past, it never gets any easier trying to hit a guy like Steve Harmison out of the attack!’
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