Wes Durston praises Derbyshire's battling spirit

Wes Durston
Durston joined Derbyshire in May 2010

Derbyshire batsman Wes Durston says the battling Championship draw with Leicestershire laid the platform for their two CB40 victories this weekend.

Derbyshire denied Leicestershire on Saturday and beat Sussex on Sunday and Yorkshire on Monday.

Durston, who took three wickets and hit 95 against Yorkshire, told BBC Radio Derby: "A lot of credit must go to the way we scrapped in the Championship.

"We came away with a lot of confidence. It's been an excellent three days."

He added: "We chased down the Sussex score and against Yorkshire we were even better."

Durston was particularly pleased given the shock defeat against the Netherlands in their opening CB40 fixture last week.

"It's been a long week getting over the disappointment from that game," he said.

Durston, who moved to the County Ground in May 2010, was in no doubt as to what was the most pleasing aspect of his match-winning performance against Yorkshire.

"Definitely the runs - that was the key to putting us in a good position," he said. "To come on at the end and get three wickets was definitely a bonus.

"I got 96 in the Championship recently so I thought I'd get over the line."

Durston, who scored 95 from 99 balls in Monday's 52-run win at Headingley, said his impressive start to the season was down to the belief shown in him by head of cricket John Morris.

"I'm getting a chance to show my skills," Durston added. "I've got a coach who supports me and backs me and gives me the chance, and that's important.

"I don't feel like I'm doing a huge amount different, I'm just getting the opportunity."

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