The Leicestershire Foxes camp was quite satisfied with the Twenty20 Cup quarter-final draw, which paired them with Kent at Grace Road on Monday, July 24th.
The Foxes' first task last night was to secure the victory over Durham which would see them finish top of the north division and first out of the hat in the draw for the last eight.
They did that in a highly efficient manner, romping home by 79 runs to set up the prospect of a full house at the County Ground for Kent's visit.
"We're happy with that,'' said senior coach Tim Boon after the draw had been made. "But we have to keep doing what we have been doing so well throughout, regardless of who we are playing. We'll also be looking to increase our intensity.''
Boon has no doubts that his players are up to the job of reaching finals day for a fourth year.
"When you look at the big teams, like Surrey, you see that they have depth and talent right the way through their side. But at the moment we would back ourselves whoever we are playing. We have the depth - and we've got that winning feeling.''
Yesterday's win was another excellent team display from the Foxes, who are showing all-round strength.
HD Ackerman deservedly took the man-of-the-match award for his superb 87 but Jeremy Snape's 41 was invaluable, while Stuart Broad and Adam Griffith wrecked the home batting with the new ball. All the bowlers were backed by outstanding work in the field.
"We are improving all the time,'' Boon added. "HD gave us a solid platform. Jeremy Snape was exceptional, too, with the type of shots that he played. Then Stuart Broad's 2-12 set the scene for us to win the game inside the first 10 overs.
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