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Doing it the hard way

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We are going to have to do it the hard way if we want to qualify for the quarter-finals of the Friends Life t20.

When I blogged last week we were top of our group with a game in hand. Our destiny was in our own hands.

We then lost to Gloucestershire Gladiators and Worcestershire Royals and are now level on 10 points with Worcestershire and Warwickshire. We need to win our remaining two games to be sure of getting through to the quarter-finals.

Our last couple of games were really poor. Having started so well in the competition – we were unbeaten and played some good cricket - we expected more from those two games with Gloucestershire and Worcestershire.

We just didn’t perform and were totally outplayed. We lost too many wickets when we batted and then didn’t execute our skills with the ball. To top it off we weren’t great in the field either.

It’s a couple of blips. We know what we are capable of – you only have to look at how we played earlier in the season and in recent years. The sign of a good team is one that can bounce back and that’s what we are aiming to do.

Our reward for two bad performances has been a tough week of training to try and sort it out.


When we won the Twenty20 competition in 2005 we sneaked through the group stages as one of the best third placed teams

There’s a bit of pressure on us before we play in Cardiff tonight but hopefully that will help us. The Welsh Dragons have good cricketers and two excellent overseas players in Shaun Marsh and Marcus North, so that’ll be a tough game.

We then need to win away at Worcester on Sunday. I’m not surprised Worcestershire are at the top of our group. They have some good players and a number of decent all-rounders, which is always crucial in Twenty20 cricket. They are performing well and have beaten us at our place.

As well as the top two in each group going through, there is a place for the two best third placed sides. We don’t want to rely on that though.

In 2005 we went through as the best third placed team and ended up winning it, but that’s not an ideal route to take. You want to be in charge of your own destiny by finishing in the top two.

With the bad weather this summer the competition is still open. Only Sussex and Yorkshire have qualified so it’s still interesting for the neutral. It’s all to play for this weekend.

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