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Derbyshire coach Graham Welch calls on the Falcons to deliver last-eight place.

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: August 21, 2014

FOCUS ... county coach Graeme Welch.

FOCUS ... county coach Graeme Welch.

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DERBYSHIRE head coach Graham Welch says the Falcons will concentrate on their own game as they face Gloucestershire in a floodlit fixture at the County Ground today (2pm).

To reach the last eight of the Royal London One-Day Cup they need to beat Gloucestershire and hope Lancashire defeat Leicestershire at Old Trafford.

Although the club will provide regular updates for spectators from across the Peak District – Welch insists he will be focusing solely on the performance of his team.

"All our preparation has been about us," he said. "It's not about what happens in Lancashire and not even about our opposition.

"It is about how we are in the field. The players have proved to themselves, in the games we have won, that we are good enough when we get it right.

"We have actually played some good cricket. For these lads to start growing, they need experience of playing in the big games and playing in the knock-out stages of competitions.

"The TV cameras will be here, so I just want us to go out there and put on a show to let everybody know what we are capable of."

Welch admits reaching the last eight of the competition would be excellent in a season of under-achievement at the County Ground.

"There's no question that this is a massive game for us," said the popular former Derbyshire all-rounder.

"To reach the quarter-finals would be a really good achievement.

"The lads have played some good cricket to put us in this position. Now we have to finish the job.

"We have been working hard and are focused on the getting the result we need.

"Hopefully, supporters will turn up in real numbers and get behind us.

"That would be a boost for the lads and a great advert for the club with the game being televised on Sky.

"Gloucestershire have already qualified and will be aiming for a home quarter-final, so it's a real challenge for us.

"We'll be giving it everything to earn that place in the next round."

Falcons skipper Wayne Madsen echoed Welch's feelings about the fixture – and says Derbyshire are improving fast after a poor start to the campaign.

"Today's game is massive for us," he said. "It's almost a last 16 match or a pre-quarter final.

"Obviously we have to rely on Lancashire beating Leicestershire or on a no-result, but we know if we win then we have a good chance of progressing.

"We didn't get off to the greatest of starts this summer but in the last six weeks we have been much-improved in terms of results and performances.

"We now enter this final group fixture knowing exactly what we need to do. Now it's up to us to deliver."

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