IT CAN be all too easy to dub any rising sport star as the “great hope” of their generation.
For the youngster who has that heavy mantel placed upon his or her shoulders living up to the hype and pressure can be a far more difficult task.
Thankfully, the weight of expectation doesn’t seem to be hanging heavy on the shoulders of Sunderland-born spin bowler Scott Borthwick.
Durham have been careful not to ask too much of the youngster, who turns 21 on April 19, since his first-class debut against tomorrow’s opponents Hampshire in 2009.
But it isn’t easy for many, including the media, not to get too carried away when that rarest of commodities – an English leg spinner – appears on the horizon.
The level-headed youngster, who has claimed 30 wickets in 14 first-class clashes, isn’t worried by any of that, and instead prefers to use that pressure as a positive.
“There is a little bit of pressure on me, but I think it’s good pressure,” he said. “It’s been there for a few seasons now since I made my debut in the first team.
“I think that happens a lot when a young spinner comes through, especially at Durham because we haven’t had too many come through the ranks over the years.”
Full story in today’s Echo.