Nottinghamshire will be looking to bounce back from their disappointing loss against Middlesex in the LV=County Championship fixture against Derbyshire.
One of the highlights of last week’s match was Andre Adams’ stand alongside fellow bowler Luke Fletcher, and the Kiwi veteran is keen to make up for the disappointment of the previous fixture
“The result against Middlesex was completely unexpected, it was a match we were looking to win and as a team we’re hurting,” said Adams.
“I think that we all have a point to prove now, all of us as a team will be looking to put in a performance and make up for it.
“Maybe we took Neil Dexter too lightly, but that second innings performance was a freak performance. We can’t afford to be 70-7 again, starting on Wednesday.”
Stepping straight into the firing line are local rivals Derbyshire, who last season were crowned Division 2 champions. While many will have an extra spring in their step, an extra hunger, the rivalry is one that has largely passed Adams by.
“I last played against Derbyshire in 2007; It’s nice to have them back in the league, back in the top flight,” he said.
“To be honest, I’m not massively au fait with the whole Notts Derbyshire rivalry. It hasn’t really changed my way of thinking and it’s up to us, as a team, to take everything back to basics, construct a performance good enough to win the game."
If this local rivalry is one that Adams has been able to step away from, he is quick to compare it to his hometown side’s equivalent.
"It’s funny to see how fired up everyone gets ahead of a rival fixture, it puts a bit more passion in the game, gets everyone’s spirits up"
“Our biggest rivalry would have to be Auckland Canterbury,” he said
“We have a pretty strong rivalry with them, it’s a pretty big city but Canterbury would definitely be the closest we’d come to something like this back at home.”
Derby matches features heavily in all sporting calendars and while Adams has avoid getting caught up in it all, the club has a few characters who are sure to stoke the fire both on and off the pitch.
“A lot of the guys will have grown up with it here and as I understand it it’ll mean a lot to them,” he said.
“From my perspective it’s funny to see how fired up everyone gets ahead of a rival fixture, it puts a bit more passion in the game, gets everyone’s spirits up so I’m looking forward to that.”
England internationals come at a premium in Derbyshire, and Notts will be boosted by the likely inclusion of Stuart Broad, available for selection before returning to the national side. If that wasn’t enough, Adams has identified another bowler of some calibre who is likely to add a spark to proceedings.
“If Swanny plays, there’ll certainly be some extra bite,” said Adams.
“When Swanny comes back cricket becomes a different ball game completely.
“The dressing room gets really quiet once he leaves and it becomes a deserted environment for a while, but he brings a lot of personal experience, and everything else that goes alongside it.”
All eyes to The County Ground, then, and Adams is keen to start on the front foot, not only securing victory but a performance to match.
“The first port of call is to get in there and do the job that you’re assigned to do,” he said.
“You can worry about the result all you like but you don’t get that without putting the performance in first.”
“All of the guys here make up a very talented side but as we’ve seen, that can count for absolutely nothing," he added.
“You can put in as much net practice as you like, but when it comes down to it you have to be at the top of your game as you step out of the pavilion.
“We need to get down to a strong start, and avoid making the same mistakes twice.”
Notts face Derbyshire in this LV=CC County Championship match at The County Ground starting on Wednesday, with play commencing at 11am.
Dave Bracegirdle will be providing ball-by-ball commentary on BBC Radio Nottingham, and live updates will appear @Trentbridge on Twitter. Join in the conversation using the hashtag #DerbysvNotts