Cork wants Falcons to replicate red-ball form in Vitality Blast

Friday 28th August 2020
& News
Written by Stephen Martin
Photography by: David Griffin

Dominic Cork believes Derbyshire’s strong four-day form can be translated into their Vitality Blast campaign.

Derbyshire are unbeaten in the red-ball game this season and currently sit top of the North Group table, although they will have to wait until Sunday to begin their limited-overs challenge, with their Vitality Blast opener against Leicestershire abandoned due to rain.

Having seen the performances of the squad in the longer format, Cork is confident the Falcons can be just as successful in Twenty20 cricket.

“Since coming back on July 1st you can see the guys have worked really hard in practice, they’ve played some good cricket in the four-day games and the confidence is high coming into this period,” Cork told BBC Radio Derby.

“Of course, it’s completely different to be batting in a four-day game to a T20, but you’re still watching the ball, you still have your team plans and we know what we did really well last year and we’re trying to emulate that.

“With the period we have now before the next four-day game, it would be lovely if the confidence was high. Why can’t we win all four of our games (before the next Bob Willis Trophy fixture) and see where we are after that match?”

Derbyshire are next in Vitality Blast action on Sunday, when they face Yorkshire Vikings with the aim of extending their winning streak over the White Rose to seven matches.

The Falcons then complete their Bank Holiday Weekend double-header by taking on Lancashire in front of the Sky Sports cameras on Monday night.

The Twenty20 Head Coach says that both games will be a challenge, but they’re the kind of fixtures that the Derbyshire squad will relish.

“It’s a war against the roses, if we put it like that,” Cork added.

“We know we’ve had some good results against Yorkshire for a period of time now, so they will be looking to rectify that, but we will be very confident going into that.

“They are good teams both Yorkshire and Lancashire and we need to be on our mettle and make sure we  play as well as we did last year but we are feeling quite confident that if we play as well as we can, we can upset the odds.”

Vitality Blast is back! Derbyshire Falcons return to Twenty20 action with ten North Group matches in search of the knockout stages. Follow every game live on our match centre at Derbyshire Falcons: Underestimated No More.

Principal Partner & Ground Sponsor
Official Partners