Reece says defeat will spur Falcons on

Thursday 1st August 2019
& News
Written by Danny Painter

Luis Reece says Derbyshire will use the disappointment of their defeat to Worcestershire Rapids as motivation when they face Northants Steelbacks on Friday night (6:30 start). 

The Falcons began their away double-header with a narrow loss at Blackfinch New Road, with the hosts winning by two wickets after Derbyshire had posted a total of 156-4 from their 20 overs.

Leus du Plooy struck his second half-century in the Vitality Blast, while there were wickets for Ravi Rampaul, Mark Watt, Fynn Hudson-Prentice and Reece himself.

The Falcons now travel to Wantage Road, aiming to claim their second win of the season. Reece says that the defeat to reigning champions Worcestershire Rapids will spur them on ahead of Friday’s match.

“Unfortunately we didn’t get the result, the boys showed some good fight and we probably showed a bit of our identity by fighting down to the wire,” said Reece.

“I thought that we were a little bit behind, I would have liked another 15 or 20 more. I think it was a tough wicket, it was difficult for new batters to come in.

“We assessed it the way that we did, and unfortunately we fell a little bit short with the bat and the ball. That’s disappointing, but hopefully we can go in on Friday now and put in a performance.

“The beauty of Twenty20 is that they all come thick and fast, you are able to right the wrongs and get on a bit of a roll if you can. We will dust ourselves off, and get into a positive frame of mind for Friday.”

After the Northants match, the Falcons embark on a hat-trick of home games in just seven days, starting with Durham on Friday 9 August.

Both Vitality Blast home matches so far have been played in front of sold out crowds, and Reece says that the support shown by fans does have an effect on the team.

“It’s been brilliant, our fans are always brilliant. When you have a full crowd in Derby, it almost gives us another player,” he added.

“If we can get the fans down, they give us support and the boys love playing in front of the home supporters. It just gives you a bit of an extra incentive to put on a show.”

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