Sunderland schoolboy serves as Durham mascot at cricket derby

Emirates mascot Ben Colley, aged 10 from Sunderland, is joined by Durham Dynamos Captain Dale Benkenstein and Emirates Cabin Crew following the pre-match coin toss at the Emirates Durham International Cricket Ground.
Emirates mascot Ben Colley, aged 10 from Sunderland, is joined by Durham Dynamos Captain Dale Benkenstein and Emirates Cabin Crew following the pre-match coin toss at the Emirates Durham International Cricket Ground.
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A YOUNG cricket fan from Wearside was hit for six when he was chosen to be a mascot for a Durham Dynamos game.

Ben Colley accompanied the match umpire and team captains to the middle of the Emirates Durham International Cricket Ground before the Dynamos’ t20 game with Yorkshire Carnegie.

Ben, who is a regular at the Chester-le-Street ground, then tossed the coin ahead of the game.

The elated 10-year-old, of Sunderland, said: “It was an unbelievable feeling walking out with the two captains at the start of the match.

“I love watching Durham play and I really felt like part of the team.

“I couldn’t wait to tell my friends all about it.”

Ben didn’t prove to be a good luck charm however, as Durham slipped to a narrow defeat to the Yorkshiremen.

Throughout Durham’s Friends Life t20 season, fans can also enter the Emirates Scoreboard competition on Twitter to be in with a chance of winning two economy class tickets to Dubai.

Supporters can tweet their prediction of the Durham score ahead of the match using the hash-tag #EmiratesScoreboard.

The nine tweeters who guess most accurately will be invited to Durham’s final home game of the season on Sunday, July 8, to compete for the chance to win the flights.

For more go to www.durhamccc.co.uk.

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