By Matthew Fisher
The signs are definitely good from the early stages of our Vitality Blast campaign, which has seen us win three from the first four matches.
The win at Durham on Friday could have gone the other way with them 70 odd for none at halfway chasing 158, but it has given us some important momentum.
Everyone knows the England lads come back at the end of the week, and we have put ourselves in a decent position already having been without them.
We’ve won a lot of tight games this year in the Royal London, and it showed at Durham how calm we were, especially in the second half of their chase.
We’re a young and confident team, and we’re improving every day. That was demonstrated by us going down to Worcester, not seeing ourselves as underdogs despite them winning four from four and beating them.
That Durham win was a really good performance.
The analysis as a team we did before the game was spot on. We knew the average score last year was 155 at the Riverside, where the boundaries are big and there’s a lot of twos.
We always try and get a decent power play, and I think we played it pretty well.
If we look at ways to improve in the middle, we could have got a few more boundaries and twos. But Tim Bresnan and Jonny Tattersall came off at the end and did a really good job.