It was quite hard not to feel absolutely gutted as we walked off the field on Monday evening.
After an incredible last session of County Championship cricket, Lancashire’s last pair of batsmen saw them to a one-wicket win with just two balls to spare at Old Trafford.
The victory moved the Red Rose above Durham in the Division One table, and dropped us into the relegation zone.
Having had three days to think about it, the feeling of disappointment is still there but I’ve a feeling inside me that’s a proud one, and I’m sure a lot of the lads are the same.
To get so close in that final session of what can only be described as an incredible day’s play was a monumental effort from us.
When you lose tight games like that it hurts, no doubt, but to have them nine wickets down in 35 overs only chasing 107, I think the lads did a fantastic job.
Hopefully we can show that same fight and hunger in our remaining four Championship fixtures and get the wins we need to secure our Division One status for next season.I was fully confident at the start of the year that we wouldn’t go down, and I’m still confident we’ll survive.
Monday afternoon just reminded everyone of the fight we have in the changing room.
Although we are a few men down with injury and we had to play almost the entire weekend without our off-spinner, Ryan Buckley, through illness on a turning pitch, the fight and talent is still there for all to see.
The good news is that two of our remaining fixtures are at home, to Nottinghamshire and Northamptonshire.
I always fancy our chances of winning at Chester-le-Street, and hopefully we can pick up a draw at least from one of our away games, which are at Middlesex and Warwickshire. With a game in hand on Lancashire as well, I’m still backing us to finish above them.
After this week’s result it could be a case of another team getting dragged into the fight.
Middlesex are only four points above Lancashire and although, like us, they have four matches left, two of them are against ourselves and Lancashire so they could still be dragged into the battle to stay up.Last night’s results saw Durham qualify for the knockout stages of the 50-over cup, although we’ll have to wait until tonight’s games have finished to find out who were are playing in the quarter-finals.
We’ll be away to whichever side finishes first in Group A.
Yorkshire, Essex and Gloucestershire go into today’s games level on points at the top of their group.
To reach the last eight is a good progression in one-day cricket and hopefully a few good wins can give us a trip to Lord’s on September 20.
It would certainly be a great send-off for Gareth Breese, who will be leaving the club next month after 11 seasons of great service.
I would like to wish him all the best in whatever it is he does next.
As we are in that relegation fight in four-day cricket it’s fantastic to also be in the hunt for some silverware.
If we can survive in Division One and lift the 50-over trophy, it would be a great season.