Reece hoping Derbyshire can kick on

Tuesday 7th May 2019
& News
Written by Tom Skinner

Luis Reece is hoping Derbyshire can take momentum from the recent one-day campaign as attention returns to the Specsavers County Championship.

The all-rounder is confident Derbyshire can kick on when they resume their four-day campaign on Sunday 19 May, as Glamorgan visit The Pattonair County Ground.

Derbyshire currently sit at the top of the Division Two table after a win and a draw from the opening two matches, and Reece has urged his teammates to continue their good form.

“We played some really good cricket throughout the start of the year and that’s what the boys have got to remember” said Reece.

“When we come back to the first-class format, we’ve got to carry on where we left off and keep playing good cricket across the four days.

“If we carry on fighting for every ball in every session and if we do that, then we’ll put ourselves in good positions as the season progresses.”

The 28-year-old was delighted as hit his maiden List A century despite the defeat to Worcestershire in the final Royal London One-Day Cup match.

He paid tribute to Wayne Madsen as the pair put on a 222-run stand, whilst he also hopes that Derbyshire can take their one-day experience into the Vitality Blast, which starts against Yorkshire Vikings on Saturday 20 July at Chesterfield’s Queen’s Park.

“I’m absolutely chuffed” said Reece. “It has been a tournament of near misses for me and the side really.

“I’ve felt good in the middle but I’ve not been able kick on but luckily I did that and I had the best seat in the house to watch Wayne play as well.

“Wayne was outstanding, he’s a special player and he seems to have a nice habit of making it look easy but it probably isn’t the best thing when you’re batting with him and you’re not finding it as easy!

“Obviously hindsight is a wonderful thing and when we were going well at two down, it did look like we could be on for a few more.

“Fair play to them, they bowled quite well at the end and then Riki [Wessels] played the knock that he did so you’ve just got to take your hat off to that kind of cricket.

“It was disappointing to finish on a loss but the boys have played some good cricket throughout this tournament and hopefully we can carry some of the skills that we’ve picked up in this one into the T20 competition.”

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