Steelbacks’ spirit praised by coach

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David Capel admitted that the nine-wicket defeat of the Welsh Dragons in Cardiff was the result of the performance the Steelbacks had “been looking for all tournament.”

It meant that the Steelbacks’ seven-game winless streak came to an end and although their chances of reaching the last eight were extinguished a couple of defeats earlier, it will have at least put a smile on some previously glum faces.

And Capel said that it was almost textbook in its execution.

He said: “The seamers started well and then the spinners bowled well in tandem.

“Con (de Lange) has bowled well all tournament and he and James (Middlebrook) did to them what other spinners have done to us throughout the tournament.

“And then we finished it off well with Lee Daggett, in only his second game, and David Willey in the final overs.”

After the hosts had been restricted to a well under-par 110-9, the visitors reached their target with ease in less then 14 overs with Alex Wakely making an unbeaten 54, an effort that Capel appreciated.

He added: “Alex has struggled a bit, it’s not been an easy time for him taking over the captaincy but he’s got back up each time after we’ve lost and credit to him and the lads for keeping pushing for a victory.

“The spirit has remained good throughout and it was good to be on the bus coming home with a win to celebrate.”

The County now have the majority of the week off before travelling to Worcestershire on Friday evening where they will hope to attempt to upset an in-form Royals outfit.

Capel continued: “A win always has to be backed up if possible and that will obviously be our aim.

“Winning that one game makes everyone feel that much better and we will be a lot more confident than before.”