PAUL Collingwood has urged Durham to round off the week with another victory, writes Gary Foster.
The Dynamos play host to Scotland in the Yorkshire Bank 40 (YB40) tomorrow (1.45pm start), having battled to a dramatic County Championship win over Warwickshire yesterday.
And four-day skipper Collingwood admits success in the 50-over encounter would be the icing on the cake.
Speaking after the 11-run win over Warwickshire, which lifts Durham into second in the Division One table, he said: “We’re delighted to get that win. If we can play the same tomorrow, and hopefully get a win there, we can enjoy our week off (Durham host Hampshire next Saturday).”
Collingwood will be hoping that the Dynamos show the same determination which got them over the line against Warwickshire.
The Championship clash finished with a day to spare, but in the most nail-biting of finishes as the hosts claimed the wicket they needed for victory with the away side just 12 runs short of taking the spoils themselves.
And Collingwood admitted his side had stood up to be counted again when it mattered.
He said: “You cannot measure character, someone like Ben Stokes saying, ‘I want the ball now’ A lot of people shy away from pressure, so to have so many people who want it, and want to be the match-winner is a real good indication of where the guys are.
“It’s good for them after I’ve gone to have that kind of character. Sometimes it takes you five, 10 years, and understand your game, but these guys seem to have it very young.
“They seem to have a winning mentality, and they want to be the ones who do it.”
In a tense finish, Onions returned figures of 5-83, while Stokes weighed in 3-42, including the winning wicket of Boyd Rankin, who fell lbw.
And Collingwood was delighted that his side kept fighting to the end.
He added: “It was one of those games where you think it’s slipped away, and it takes something outstanding – Bunny’s (Onions) spell and Stokesey bowling 14 overs early on then coming back and still finding the energy to finish it off.
“The great thing is we keep winning in those situations, and it’s a good trait to have.”
Durham resumed yesterday morning on 152-8 – a lead of 210 – and put on 46 for the last two wickets with Michael Richardson (55) helping them to a final second innings total of 198.
Requiring 257 to win, Warwickshire looked to be struggling on 146-7.
Jeetan Patel (53) helped get the target down to 25 in a stand of 86 with Ateeq Javid.
However, the visitors’ last three wickets fell for just 13 runs as Durham held their nerve.