Luis Reece praised the flexibility of Derbyshire’s batting order as the county claimed a four-wicket win over Durham in the Royal London One-Day Cup at the 3aaa County Ground.
The all-rounder recorded a career-best List A score of 92 from 107 balls and took two wickets to help the Falcons secure their second win in three matches.
With runs throughout the order, including a late stand of 80 off 57 balls between Alex Hughes (42 not out) Gary Wilson (40), Reece praised the batting flexibility of the batting line-up.
He said: “I think the key is trying to be flexible with our batting line-up, we’ve got plenty of talented players that can bat wherever in the order and score big runs.”
“The pair of them [Wilson and Hughes] played outstanding and it was a magnificent partnership, one that was vital for us to get the win in the end.”
“Billy [Godleman] also played really well. He’s been in good form of late and he’s striking the ball nicely which made it easier for me when I went out there.
“He’s very calm and he helps me a lot, so to put on a partnership with him was what we needed to set up a platform for the boys to push on for the win.”
Ahead of a stretch of home matches, Reece recognised the importance of starting with a victory to keep momentum for a strong one-day campaign.
He added: “It was important that we were able to start the home run off with a win because you can’t lose too many games in this competition. Thankfully we’ve got the win and it puts us in a good position for the next home game on Friday.
“Every game is going to be difficult and Leicestershire are a good side. We’ve got to make sure that we keep improving so we put ourselves in positions to win games to maintain our momentum.”
Royal London One-Day Cup is back at The 3aaa County Ground! Derbyshire will host four 50-over fixtures in May and June. Buy your match tickets in advance & save.
Derbyshire vs Leicestershire Foxes – Friday 25 May
Derbyshire vs Yorkshire Vikings – Wednesday 30 May
Derbyshire vs Lancashire Lightning – Sunday 3 June