DURHAM Jets are hoping for fireworks on Independence Day as they go in search of back-to-back t20 victories in the space of 48 hours at the Emirates ICG this evening.
The Jets produced a remarkable result in subduing play-off rivals Yorkshire Vikings in a low-scoring game at Headingley on Wednesday.
And now, buoyed by their midweek heroics, they aim to climb further up the table when they take on Nottinghamshire Outlaws at the Riverside Ground today.
A fortnight ago the mood was very different on Durham’s home turf after they set Lancashire a challenging 178 target in the competition only to see poor bowling allow the visitors to score an unlikely victory with five balls of the final over to go.
But after recording a draw in a rain-affected t20 game against Northamptonshire, Durham have gone on to beat Derbyshire and Yorkshire and are now looking for their third win in a row in the competition with the visit of the Outlaws.
Durham are placed just outside the top four at the moment and will hope a trademark late surge will see them reach the knock-out stages.
Against Yorkshire they had looked in desperate trouble notching only 123 for nine with only Phil Mustard (40 runs) really firing in the top order and had it not been for a last man stand of 29 from Gareth Breese and Chris Rushworth, Durham could have been all out for 94.
It still looked too modest a target to defend, especially in the absence of in-form Calum MacLeod and of Ben Stokes – called up for international duty with Scotland and England respectively.
But Scott Borthwick, with two for 11 off his four overs and some outstanding work in the field, led the Durham bowlers on a thrilling charge which saw the home side skittled out for just 95.
That superb bowling display makes the home defeat to Lancashire a fortnight ago all the more galling.
But Durham have clearly put that behind them and will be in the mood to keep the good run going this evening.
They face a real test of their credentials though against Nottinghamshire, currently lying third in the table compared to fifth-placed Durham.
Doors open 3.30pm with play getting under way two hours later.
Tickets on the door are adults, £20; children aged 15 and under, £5.