Gough ready to lift his players

Source - thetelegraphandargus.co.uk

Darren Gough accepts that he may have to lift a few of his youngsters ahead of their do-or-die Twenty20 Cup quarter-final against Durham at the Riverside.

But the Tykes’ skipper has challenged the rest of his squad to heal their own wounds after Saturday’s Friends Provident Trophy defeat against Essex at Chelmsford.

The White Rose county face an enormous challenge against a Durham side who topped the North Division group and were unbeaten in the two games between the two counties.

“All right, there are a couple of youngsters who do get down and will need lifting,” said Gough.

“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 will help where I can, but we have got a big game ahead of us. I am going to be lifted, I will be able to lift myself.”

Durham are in exactly the same boat as the Tykes, having lost their Friends Provident semi-final to Kent on Friday.

Lord’s finals are generally seen as more prestigious events than a Twenty20 finals day appearance.

But with £2.5m on offer for the winners of the potential Champions' League, this game could lead to a special consolation prize.

Gough continued: “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.”
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