Head Coach Jon Lewis (left) and Ryan Pringle before a recent NatWest T20 Blast game
Head Coach Jon Lewis has called on his Durham Jets team to find their T20 rhythm again in the next week.
After two victories in their opening three matches, Lewis' side have slipped to successive defeats against Birmingham Bears, Worcestershire Rapids and Leicestershire Foxes.
Those results have left the Jets in seventh place, but with four Natwest T20 Blast games to come in the next seven days, there is a chance to quickly climb the table.
The Jets are just four points behind fourth-placed Nottinghamshire Outlaws, who have played a game more. Teams have to finish in the top four in order to qualify for the quarter-finals.
"We've got four consecutive games now in the T20 which I'm hoping is going to signal a bit of an upturn in performance" Lewis told durhamccc.co.uk
"We haven't been as good as I'd like so far"
"But with four consecutive T20 games hopefully we'll get into some sort of rhythm and get ourselves back up the table"
"The table is pretty tight, it won't take much in terms of wins just to get us into that quarter final berth, which is what we need to do"
Lewis' side play away at Northamptonshire Steelbacks on Friday evening, before a home clash with Derbyshire Falcons on Sunday. Games with Yorkshire Vikings and Nottinghamshire Outlaws await next week.
Confidence is high after back-to-back county championship wins, which have re-ignited hopes that Lewis' team can defend their crown.
A thumping 309 run victory over Sussex was delivered courtesy of a clinical all-round display.
Durham very nearly wrapped up victory inside three days, after taking nine wickets in just 46 overs on Tuesday evening.
"The feeling as we came off the field on the third night was that we'd done something pretty remarkable in that last session" Lewis said.
"We thought as we started that bowling stint that if we could get three or four that would be good and anything above that would be really good, so to have got nine means we were pretty chuffed"
"It was a pretty complete performance I'd say since the first hour of the game when we lost a couple of wickets against the new ball, which can happen"
"We got ourselves on top and then we were ruthless and didn't let it slip and that's how we want to play our cricket"