Mustard urges Jets to move on from Foxes woe

Scott Borthwick

Scott Borthwick

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PHIL Mustard says the one thing Durham Jets have to do in tonight’s T20 game is put the disappointment of their last one behind them!

Durham suffered a third defeat in a row in the NatWest T20 Blast competition last Friday when they lost out to the previously out-of-form Leicestershire Foxes.

But it wasn’t the defeat itself, so much as the nature of it, which rankled – Durham setting a challenging 178-run target at the Emirates ICG but the Foxes chasing that total down with almost an over to spare on the back of some rank bad bowling.

Mustard, who gave Durham a great start alongside Mark Stoneman, putting on a half-century before the fall of the first wicket, said: “We posted a good enough score. We felt very happy with it before Leicestershire’s innings but we lost it with the ball.

“And now it is a case of putting it behind us with the couple of T20s coming up against Northamptonshire tonight and then Derbyshire back at Durham this Sunday.”

Durham’s bowling attack was hampered last Friday by Usman Arshad’s indisciplined bowling which resulted in him being withdrawn from the attack by the umpires and penalised by the ECB.

“It didn’t help with Arshad,” conceded Sunderland-born Mustard. “But, generally, we didn’t put the ball in the right places as a bowling attack and we suffered because of it.

“We have had a good, long, hard look at ourselves and bounced back in the County Championship and now it’s just important that we learn the lessons from our last T20 but also put it behind us and concentrate on what we can do well.

“There is a decent T20 side within us and we just have to prove it now by getting it right with bat and ball and in the field too.”