HEAD Coach Karl Krikken says Derbyshire Falcons haven’t given up on qualification for the knock-out stages of the Clydesdale Bank 40.
Heading into Sunday’s local derby against Yorkshire Carnegie at Chesterfield (1.45pm start), the Falcons sit four points behind Group C leaders Sussex Sharks with five games to go.
Krikken’s men know they have it all to do if they are to qualify for the last four, but the recent 35-run victory over the Unicorns kept Derbyshire’s faint hopes alive.
“The now annual and traditional local derby versus Yorkshire is always a big occasion for us regardless of league position because the crowds flock from both sides of the border and it makes for a great atmosphere,” said Krikken.
“But a couple of recent washouts, followed by victory over the Unicorns, have given us half a sniff that we can still do something in the group, so the incentive to win is massive for us.
“It’s still a long shot – and we are relying on factors such as weather and other results as well as our own performance – but we’ll keep fighting until it’s over.
“It would be great to give our supporters from the north of the county some bragging rights and a massive boost for the lads if we can emerge with the two points.”
Tickets can be purchased from the ticket hotline on 01332 388 101 or online at www.derbyshireccc.com. Alternatively, they can be bought in person from the County Ground in Derby or Chesterfield Tourist Information Centre.