Durham Jets are aiming for a second victory under the bright lights at Emirates Durham ICG when they take on Worcestershire Rapids tonight (7pm start).
The floodlights finally passed planning approval and were installed just in time for Yorkshire Vikings’ visit in May, with over 5,000 in attendance to oversee a historic six-run victory.
Despite losing twice and winning a thriller at Derbyshire Falcons since the Yorkshire game, Durham remain top of the North Group.
And with a cluster of sides ready to pounce if they slip up, Paul Collingwood hopes the return of the Friday night lights can help cement top spot.
“There’s been some really exciting performances and some good cricket played, so hopefully we can keep those going,” he said.
“It’s been a little bit inconsistent, but you do get it more in Twenty20 than in the longer forms of cricket.
“I guess again we could do with scoring a few more runs, but we’re playing some good stuff as well.
“We just want to get on a roll and get the formula working.”
Much like the current County Championship season, Durham lie top of the pile having yet to really hit top gear.
Ian Bell was the decisive factor in the most recent loss, scoring 90 from 65 balls to see his side home comfortable, and the Jets will be aware of another England international facing them this evening in the shape of Moeen Ali.
The all-rounder, left out of England’s ODI squad to focus on his Ashes preparations, has amassed 126 in two T20 Blast innings to date.
Pakistan international Saeed Ajmal is also available for the Rapids, having recently returned to cricket after remodeling his action.
The Jets have named an unchanged squad with Calum MacLeod available until Scotland’s ICC World T20 Qualifiers begin next month.
Durham (from): M D Stoneman (capt), P Mustard, C S MacLeod, P D Collingwood, G J Muchall, G Clark, J W Hastings, K K Jennings, R D Pringle, U Arshad, C Rushworth, P Coughlin.