For all their frailties in the last two matches, a win for Derbyshire tonight would put them squarely back in the reckoning in the Twenty20 Cup north group.
The Phantoms take on Leicestershire at Grace Road (5.30pm) knowing that in an open group no-one has so far been able to dominate, the two automatic qualification spots are very much up for grabs.
But having won one and lost two so far, Australian batsman Michael Di Venuto acknowledges that Derbyshire cannot afford to drop too far off the pace.
"The other sides have all lost at least one as well so we are not dead and buried yet but we certainly need to start winning quickly," he said.
"We've been totally outplayed these last two games and we have to put an end to that by playing all-round better cricket like we know we can."
It is likely to be a changed Derbyshire line-up to face the Foxes as director of cricket David Houghton looks for the winning formula.
"I'm definitely going to make some changes," he said. "We have got to strengthen our batting and perhaps the extra spinner might be an idea as well."
That could mean starts for Hassan Adnan and Jake Needham, who have been the two left out of the Phantoms' 13 so far in the Twenty20.
There may also be further changes to the batting line-up with Graeme Welch set to be pushed up the order.
Leicestershire will be without their promising opening bowler Stuart Broad, who is with England A. That could open the way for Nick Walker to face his former county as he and Ryan Cummins contest the vacant position in the bowling attack.