All-rounder Paul Collingwood is ready to hand Durham Dynamos a boost ahead of tomorrow’s Clydesdale Bank 40 clash at Hampshire Royals (1.45pm start), writes Gary Foster.
Durham’s new County Championship skipper hasn’t played a game since fracturing his hand in a four-day against at the start of last month.
It had been hoped he would be available to lead his troops into action in the Championship clash away to Worcestershire, which started on Tuesday.
But swelling to the hand after a couple of net sessions meant he was unavailable to play at New Road – where the final day washed out yesterday.
However, coach Geoff Cook is hopeful that the ex-England man can return to action against the Royals.
He said: “Paul is hoping to play tomorrow and if he comes through that he will be available for next week’s game against Sussex at Arundel (County Championship game which starts on Wednesday).”
South African Johann Myburgh, who has now signed a contract until the end of the season, is expected to make his 40-over debut for the county.
But Liam Plunkett (achilles) will miss out, so Mark Wood joins the 16-man squad as an additional seam option.
Dale Benkenstein’s men are in third place in the CB40 Group B table, having won three of their five games so far.
The Royals are a place and three points above the Dynamos on nine, having won four out of six matches.
Durham will aiming for a win to put another disappointing County Championship result behind them.
Having managed to get on top in their clash with Worcestershire, Cook’s outfit were once again undone by the weather.
The men from the Emirates ICG have now lost more than 19 days of cricket due to rain, and it again proved their nemesis at New Road.
No play was able to take place on the final day yesterday, which meant the game ended in a draw, and leaves both Durham and Worcestershire still desperately seeking their first four-day win in 2012.
Despite the disappointment at missing out on a possible victory, Cook looked to take the positives from the stalemate.
He said: “I think we had got ourselves into a pretty good position, we played particularly well in the overs we got in on Thursday.
“We were in a strong position to kick on and set a decent target.
“We bowled well on Thursday, and a repeat performance would have put us in with a chance of the win.”
DURHAM (from): Dale Benkenstein, Scott Borthwick, Gareth Breese, Mitchell Claydon, Paul Collingwood, Gordon Muchall, Phil Mustard, Johann Myburgh, Graham Onions, Michael Richardson, Chris Rushworth, Will Smith, Ben Stokes, Mark Stoneman, Callum Thorp, Mark Wood