Welch issues rallying call
Skipper Graeme Welch has sounded one final rallying call to his Derbyshire team as they look to keep their involvement in the Twenty20 Cup alive.
Nothing less than four wins from their four remaining North Group matches, starting tonight against Nottinghamshire at the County Ground (7pm), is likely to be enough to keep them in with a chance of reaching the quarter-finals.
It is still possible for the Phantoms to emulate last season's place in the last eight with a record of four wins and four defeats but that is only a slim chance.
Wednesday's defeat at Leicester leaves Derbyshire with one win and three defeats from their matches so far and they have played poorly.
But it is still not too late for them to turn that around, though Welch knows that has to start with a victory over the table-topping Outlaws.
"This next one is a massive game for us," he said. "It's not only about local pride, we still believe we can start winning and if we beat Notts, then go to Durham tomorrow and win again, we still have a chance of going through.
"Notts have won their last four and they will be difficult to beat but you always have a chance in Twenty20 because just one good over can make such a big difference."
The 18-run defeat at Grace Road on Wednesday showed once again how Derbyshire's batting, in particular, has stuttered so far in this campaign.
But after falling well short in going down to Leicestershire at home and Lancashire away, Welch did take some encouragement from seeing the Phantoms make a better attempt at chasing down a total this time.
Nevertheless, the captain is hoping his luck changes before the game starts after losing three out of four tosses so far.
"It would be nice to win the toss and at least have the option of batting first to see if that suits us better," he added.
"A lot was said on the bus on the way back from Leicester about how we could have made a better job of chasing that total down.
"There isn't a lot of experience in Twenty20 at the top of our batting, except for Michael Di Venuto, who just hasn't been able to get going yet.
"Steve Stubbings has been in good form in this, Chris Taylor is learning all the time, Marcus North looks a good player to me and we know Diva is going to come good at some stage, so we do have the batting at the top.
"We all felt that if we had had a bit more luck and a bit more experience in this last game, we would have got over the finish line.
"Nobody likes losing and we still have a lot to play for. It will not take much to get us back in the winning habit and on a roll again and hopefully we will see the start of that tonight."
Derbyshire's match against Durham at the Riverside tomorrow is live on Sky Sports with a 2.40pm start.