DERBYSHIRE chief Graeme Welch belives his fast-improving side will be ideally suited to the demands of the newly-introduced 50-over Royal London Cup one-day competition.
The Falcons start their campaign at the 3aaa County Ground today (10.30am start) fresh from back-to-back County Championship victories.
The new 50-over competition replaces the 40-over tournament of last season to reflect the international game, with the same power play rules and the use of two new balls per innings, one from either end.
Elite performance director Welch says the squad will enter the competition in a positive frame of mind after their County Championship success and is confident of a good cup run.
"Naturally, we have to go into every competition in a positive frame of mind," he said.
"I think we probably have a better idea of a team that can compete in that and I think the longer game will suit us.
"We are improving in Championship cricket and there are a lot of disciplines in 50-over that are similar to Championship cricket – bowling line and lengths, seeing off a good spell.
"The difference is there is a different tempo in the power plays, so all we have to do is adjust to them.
"People were getting used to 40 overs and I think a lot of people will get caught in between going too hard and trying to get 350 when perhaps 250-300 is more realistic.
"The pitches are going to be better, we have two new balls and two bouncers per over, which we are going to utilise.
"We will formulate a plan, put some roles in place, take on the lessons we have learned from Twenty20 and I think we will do all right.
"I know it's the end of July but I can see that the players are getting it and that's why, if we have a good push towards the end of the season and do well in this 50-over, it will put us in a good position for next year.
"The top four from each group qualify, so you only have to be in the top half in the country.
"Hampshire will be difficult, Lancashire are tough, so are Essex but I can't see why we can't do well."