GARETH Breese doesn’t care who ends up the match-winner tomorrow – as long as they’re wearing Durham’s colours.
Breese and his team-mates head to Lord’s to take on Warwickshire in the final of the Royal London One Day Cup.
Durham are in good one-day form, having disposed of Yorkshire and Nottinghamshire in the last two rounds, while their Championship performances have also been positive.
Ben Stokes smashed a thrilling 164 in the semi-final, and it could need one player to put their hand up tomorrow against a talented Warwickshire side and propel Durham to glory.
But Breese does not mind how the game pans out – he just wants to lift the trophy in his last one-day game for the county.
“It would be nice to have a real team performance, with everyone contributing,” he said.
“But, to be honest, Stokesy could hit 200 and I wouldn’t care as long as we win!”
Scott Borthwick and Paul Collingwood also registered centuries in the four-day rout of Northants, while Chris Rushworth produced record bowling figures, taking 15 wickets in the match.
And Breese believes success in the longer format of the game can also be taken into the more frenetic style of 50-over cricket tomorrow.
“Any form is good form,” he said. “The more confidence guys have is all the better going into big game.
“Fifty overs is long time to bat. Lads have got hundreds in 50 or 60 overs (against Northants), so it shows how long it is to bat.
“Going in with any sort of form is a boost to the confidence for anyone who’s playing in the game.”
The County Championship game has meant some of the focus has been taken away from the final, which has suited Breese ahead of his last limited
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overs fixture for the club before he leaves at the end of the season.
There is still a Championship game against Warwickshire next week, which the West Indian is tipped to play in to bring the curtain down on his 11-year Durham career, but for now he’s just focused on the Lord’s showpiece.
“You can get a little bit too excited and a little bit too anxious waiting for it to start so having the Championship game has been good as it takes the focus off it,” he said.
“I’ve been trying to do other things as I’ve not been playing in this one!
“It’s very healthy having a bit of a distraction.”