John Hastings believes Durham’s habit in recent years of finding their best form midway through the season is repeating itself.
The club escaped relegation thanks to a late surge few saw coming, and then last season the County Cricket Championship was clinched after a slow start.
And it’s happening all over again.
It’s not that Durham played badly at the beginning. But wins were hard to come by and their positions in the LV= County Championship and NatWest T20 Blast reflected that.
However, they now sit fourth, with a game in hand, and seventh with two in hand in those respective competitions. Australian Hastings, the club’s overseas player, can feel the good vibes come back to the team.
He and his team-mates are on T20 duty for their next four games, starting tonight away at Northamptonshire Steelbacks, and momentum does seem to be with them.
Hasting said: “Coming into this dressing room there seems to be a lot of belief there. I just jump on the back of that and believe with them. Hopefully we can win it.
“We’re not out of it. We’ve got a game in hand and a good block of four games coming up so a few wins here will put us in good stead and keep things alive, I guess.
“If we can get off to a good start tonight we’ve got a block of four T20 games coming up, so hopefully we can get a bit of momentum and we don’t have to think about the Championship for another week and a half. We just need to get a couple of wins.
“I think it’s a challenge to go from format to format and I don’t mind it. It keeps you fresh and keeps you thinking about your game a lot.
“You have to go from bowling a good length in the Championship to bowling yorkers and slower balls. It’s a good challenge but sometimes it is nice to have a block where you can just concentrate on your skills.
“I think we’re playing some fantastic cricket at the moment. We’ve been close without being able to get over the line. I think if we can continue doing the right things and taking it into the last over, surely things will start swinging our way.
“It’s 100% about knowing what to do in that situation. You have to have been in those situations to come out the other end. We’ve taken the last three games into the last over so hopefully if we can get there in the next game we know what to do.”
Chris Rushworth will miss out, but head coach Jon Lewis has included Ben Stokes, who took 10 wickets during the recent championship win over Sussex, in the squad.