Leus du Plooy says that helping Derbyshire to wins in the Vitality Blast is more important than individual scores.
The batsman tops the scoring charts for the Falcons in Twenty20s this season, scoring 127 runs at an average of 42.33, having made scores of 30 and 27 either side of a half-century against Birmingham Bears.
However, Derbyshire have won once in their opening four matches, taking three points in the Vitality Blast so far, heading into matches against Worcestershire Rapids and Northants Steelbacks this week.
While he admits that he is pleased to be scoring runs, du Plooy says that results mean much more to him.
“It’s good to contribute, but at the end of the day it doesn’t help if you can’t get your team over the line,” said du Plooy.
“If I am being critical, none of those innings have really got us over the line, I would like to be getting runs in a winning effort, that will be my goal in the upcoming games.
“Momentum is so important in a competition like this, if you win a few in a row you can suddenly find yourselves in the driving seat. A couple of wins this week would put us in good stead for the remaining fixtures.”
The Falcons played their opening two home fixtures in the competition in front of sold out crowds, at both Queen’s Park, Chesterfield and The Pattonair County Ground.
Having previously spoken of his excitement to experience the explosive atmosphere of the Vitality Blast, du Plooy says that the Derbyshire supporters have exceeded his expectations.
“It has been sensational really, I have got goosebumps every time that I have walked out onto the field,” he added.
“It has been a revelation for me in many ways. It gets your blood flowing and your adrenaline going, it is really fun.
“It is awesome to play in front of your own crowd, they really do have your back and knowing it is a sold out crowd just gives you so much more to play for.”
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