Twenty20 Head Coach, Dominic Cork, was left disappointed with a lack of bowling discipline at times as Derbyshire lost to Birmingham Bears by 49 runs at Edgbaston.
Derbyshire made early inroads after electing to bowl first, Ravi Rampaul (3-21) picking up the early wicket of Ed Pollock (0).
But a 113-run stand between Sam Hain (85) and Adam Hose (69) propelled the hosts to 205-5 from their 20 overs, an above par score according to Cork.
Leus du Plooy hit a well-made 70 in the chase, but wickets at regular intervals stunted the Derbyshire reply and Billy Godleman’s side ultimately fell 50 runs short of their target.
Cork said: “I think it just shows the gulf between ourselves and some of the sides we are going to come up against. There was some bad discipline from some of our bowlers.
“We talked about using the bigger side of the pitch and we didn’t do that and ultimately, when you get them two down, we wanted them three down in the powerplay.
“We were thinking of chasing 160 or 170 and if you are chasing that you win the game and I think that’s where we lost it.
“It is disappointing on the back of the way Ravi Rampaul bowled. We have got to come back on Friday and get ready again and try to do those disciplines better than we did tonight.”
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