Beaten duo refocus on Twenty20

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Yorkshire and Durham are both aiming to bounce back from FP Trophy elimination in Monday's Twenty20 Cup quarter-final.

Both northern counties were soundly beaten in their respective FP Trophy semi-finals by Essex and Kent.

However, they have no time to lick their wounds as they immediately face each other at the Riverside with a place in Twenty20 Cup finals day at stake.

Yorkshire captain Darren Gough admitted his side's 87-run loss at Chelmsford on Sunday was a heavy blow but wants to see a strong response from his team.

The former England paceman is to retire at the end of the season and is keen to bow out with some silverware.

"I am going to be lifted, I will be able to lift myself," said Gough.

"All right, there are a couple of youngsters who do get down who will need lifting but if people can't lift themselves for a big quarter-final with the chance of going to the final of the Twenty20, there is nothing else I can do.

"It is up to them to lift themselves. I'll help where I can but we've got a big game tomorrow.

"Durham are a really good side. They've lost as well in the FPT, it is a big game.

"Durham is a difficult place to go, as is Chelmsford, and we always knew it would be hard.

"For me, it is about getting over this defeat and playing well against a quality side in Durham.

"They are a good Twenty20 side. They've got everything and we've got to be up for it and ready."

Durham are in the exact same situation having seen their FP Trophy defence end with an 83-run defeat at home to Kent on Friday.

It was a particularly chastening experience for South African all-rounder Albie Morkel, who has extended his short stay with the county due to Twenty20 progress, as he went for 75 in seven overs.

"Albie Morkel has said that's the worst day he has ever had in cricket - but that's what happens," said Durham coach Geoff Cook.

"He is one of the top all-rounders. Things didn't go for him but he'll bounce back.

"We are very fortunate that we have tomorrow to look forward to now.

"That is going to be another great occasion for the club, a great occasion for the players to put themselves forward and they have still got plenty to play for for the rest of the season."

Essex are also still in Twenty20 Cup contention with the Eagles hosting Northamptonshire in their quarter-final on Monday evening.

Middlesex host Lancashire at the Oval on Tuesday in the third quarter-final. That fixture is taking place on Surrey's ground as Lord's is being prepared for the first Test between England and South Africa.

The quarter-finals conclude on Wednesday when holders Kent travel to Warwickshire.
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