DURHAM have suffered a big blow ahead of tomorrow’s trip to Colwyn Bay to face Glamorgan in the Clydesdale Bank 40 (CB40), writes Gary Foster.
The Dynamos will be without veteran all-rounder Paul Collingwood, who is out with a hand injury.
Collingwood, who suffered the blow on day three of Durham’s County Championship clash with Warwickshire, which ended in a rain-wrecked draw yesterday, will not be risked against the Dragons.
X-rays revealed that there was no break, but the hand has swollen and the player has suffered bruising and tissue damage.
The former England man, who has stood in for one-day skipper Dale Benkenstein in recent CB40 clashes, was expected to play through the pain barrier yesterday had the Championship clash at the Emirates resumed.
But Benkenstein, who returns from a dislocated shoulder to retake the reins tomorrow, says that the all-rounder will not play in Wales. “As far as Colly’s injury is concerned, his hand is not looking too good,” he said.
“He won’t be available for tomorrow’s game, and we will assess things things and see how we go for the Twenty20 games (which start away to Yorkshire next Friday).”
Benkenstein is himself not back to full fitness, but will play through the pain barrier as he tries to guide his side to victory against the Dragons.
He added: “It’s sore (his shoulder). I didn’t think I’d be playing, but I hit some balls and it actually felt fine, so I’ve ignored a few of the medical staff and got on with it.
“I have tried bowling and the shoulder keeps popping out, so I’d put the idea of bowling in games to bed, and I’m working on strengthening it.
“With Colly out I might try it (bowling) when we get down to Colwyn Bay and see what it is like, and if I’m confident enough to do it. But I still think we have got enough bowlers to cope anyway.”
Durham have won three of their four CB40 matches so far this season, only losing to leaders Group B leaders Surrey, who have picked up four victories but played two games more than the Dynamos. Tomorrow’s opponents Glamorgan have yet to win a one-day match this season.
No play was possible on the final day of the Championship match against Warwickshire, leaving Durham – who led by 227 runs with three second innings wickets remaining – winless at the halfway stage of their programme, with only 36 points. At the same stage last season, they had 139.