IT’S been nice to have some time without a game this week but we’re not pleased because we know that it’s going to be pretty much impossible for us to qualify for the knockout stages in the T20 Blast now.

We’ve played pretty horrifically in the last few weeks. Losing five of our seven games is not good enough and we’ve not played good cricket at all.

We’ve not been scoring enough runs and we’ve been losing a wicket every nine balls, which is never good enough to win T20 matches, and if you’re only scoring 130 or 140, then the bowlers can’t defend that.

We’ve got two more games this weekend but I don’t think that we’re going to be able to qualify now and I think it’s going to really hit home when we sit down to watch finals day on TV – it’s going to be frustrating and annoying to not be there.

We’ve struggled for consistent team selection this year and when your side keeps changing, it’s hard for everybody to know their role. You need that consistency to do well in T20 cricket.

At least we’ve had a chance to do some red-ball training and get excited for the four-day matches to come back.

We’re just one win away from mid-table in the County Championship and there are 10 games left to play, so there’s still a very long way to go and a lot to play for.

We’re looking forward to playing Somerset at home on Sunday and hopefully we can start dragging ourselves up the table with a good result.

Tom Alsop had a great time last week – he scored his maiden first-team century and made his T20 debut, too.

Michael Carberry’s injured and James Vince is with England, so he’s taken his opportunity - he’s always been a good player.