Batsman Stephen Moore says the squad should be very proud after pushing international outfit New Zealand all the way in Abu Dhabi today.
Former Derbyshire man Martin Guptill starred with the bat for the Black Caps, adding 57 off 42 balls, as New Zealand posted 177-5 from their 20 overs.
Graeme Welch’s side made a good start in reply with Wes Durston and Moore both adding 37 runs, but despite a defiant performance fell just 26 runs short.
Moore was pleased with the intensity Derbyshire played at and believes on today’s evidence the squad has the potential to have a good NatWest T20 Blast campaign this summer.
“New Zealand are a very strong Twenty20 side and everyone in that Derbyshire dressing room can be proud today,” he said.
“We put them under pressure in the field. They got away a little at the end but we pushed them all the way with the bat and there were a few Black Caps sweating for a while today.
“The way we set the game up in the field and the intensity we bowled with I think 160 would have been a fair representation for how well we did. I would have been pretty confident that we could have knocked that off.
“Despite that we still had a chance and we right up with it after 10 overs. We had a good crack at it.
“That was our first proper run out in Twenty20 cricket and if we put more good performances like that together we should have a good year.”
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