Durham’s Herschelle Gibbs tries to lift spirits after Twenty20 defeat to Yorkshire

Herschelle Gibbs is urging Durham to bounce back from their Yorkshire defeat.
Herschelle Gibbs is urging Durham to bounce back from their Yorkshire defeat.
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DURHAM can’t afford to feel sorry for themselves – that is the message from overseas star Herschelle Gibbs.

The Dynamos suffered their second Twenty20 defeat at home to Yorkshire on Friday night, but Gibbs says there is no time for the side to sit around licking their wounds.

Geoff Cook’s men are straight back into T20 action this evening with a trip to face Lancashire Lightning at Old Trafford (7.10pm start).

And Gibbs says that they can’t dwell on their 12-run defeat to the Tykes at the Emirates ICG on Friday.

He said: “We can’t be too disappointed – yes, a little bit but there’s a long way to go. Of course there are always things to work on. The boys have had a good look and a good feel for it now.”

Lancashire are a point above Durham in third place in the North Group – both sides having played four T20 games. Lightning’s game against current group leaders Nottinghamshire on Friday was abandoned without a ball being bowled due to rain.

However, their previous encounter saw them claim an eight-wicket home win over Leicester.

The Foxes had hit a substantial 179-4 from their 20 overs, but thanks to a half century from opener Stephen Moore and supporting knocks from Tom Smith (42), Steven Croft (41) and Karl Brown (39), Lancashire got home with six balls to spare.

Gibbs knows that Durham won’t be in for an easy time tonight, but knows the side will be up for the challenge.

“Lancashire won’t be easy, but then there is nothing easy in the T20 format,” he said. “It’s normally a good wicket at Lancashire. The boys will be hungry.”