Chris Rushworth’s raring to get going again for Durham

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DURHAM’S Chris Rushworth is a man on a mission ahead of tomorrow’s CB Pro40 one-day clash with Hampshire at the Emirates ICG.

The Sunderland-born swing bowler is out to prove he can deliver with the ball and hopefully fire his way into the reckoning in all forms of the game.

“It’s up to me to show what I can do,” he said.

“Hopefully, I can do well and my performances can help me to come into the reckoning for the four-day game.”

Rushworth, pictured, only recently returned from a side injury and he’s determined to make up for lost time.

He said: “Obviously, the injury was a bit of a setback, but thankfully I was only out for a couple of weeks.

“I’ve been bowling in training and for the second team and it’s been fine, so now I’m raring to go.”

So far the Dynamos have won two of their three one-day clashes, seeing off Scotland and Leicester, but falling to Northampton.

And Rushworth says Durham are now starting to get just the right blend to be a success in the shorter form of the game.

“In the one-day stuff we are starting to get quite a young side, so we have a lot more energy in the field,” he said.

“We have the likes of Stokesy (Ben Stokes) who can hit the ball a long way and then there’s the likes of (Phil) Mustard, (Dale) Benkenstein and (Ian) Blackwell, who can do some damage with the bat.

“Hopefully, that will stand us in good stead. I think we are starting to get the right sort of blend that could see us be a success in the one-day game for years to come.”

H Teenager Ben Stokes led a superb Durham fightback as Geoff Cook’s side claimed a draw in their County Championship clash with Somerset yesterday.

The 19-year-old weighed in with an excellent 120 to help steer the hosts, who had been forced to follow on, past Somerset’s formidable first innings total of 610-6 declared.

One-day skipper Dale Benkenstein made a brilliant 66 before falling to Steve Kirby, who also claimed the wicket of Ian Blackwell.

But any hopes the visitors had of success was ended by skipper Phil Mustard and Scott Borthwick’s 73-run partnership, which saw hands shaken on the draw with Durham 116 runs in front.

H Durham head coach Geoff Cook has named the 12 man squad for each of this weekend’s Clydesdale Bank 40 fixtures this weekend.

Graham Onions is included for the fixture against Hampshire Royals on Sunday at Emirates Durham ICG but will be replaced in the squad by Mark Wood for the away visit to The Grange to face Scottish Saltires on Monday.

Ian Blackwell is missing due to suffering from back spasms during this week’s LV= County Championship fixture against Somerset.

Tickets for the fixture at Emirates Durham ICG (1.45pm start) are available to purchase on the gate priced at £15 for adults and £6 for juniors.

Durham Dynamos squad to face Hampshire Royals and Scottish Saltires: P Mustard, KJ Coetzer, BA Stokes, DM Benkenstein, GM Muchall, GR Breese, BW Harmison, WR Smith, C Rushworth, ME Claydon, SG Borthwick, G Onions (Sunday only), MA Wood (Monday only).