Durham hoping to build on win

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DURHAM switch their attentions to the one-day game with Essex the visitors to the Emirates ICG tomorrow for a Yorkshire Bank 40 clash, writes Gary Foster.

It is Durham’s first one-day encounter, but they hope Thursday’s thrilling finish to their County Championship match with Nottinghamshire will stand them in good stead.

Paul Collingwood’s side smashed their way to a target of 183 inside 20 overs – impressive going in the one-day format, never mind the red ball game.

And the four-day skipper feels his side can carry that momentum forward into tomorrow.

He said: “Geoff (Cook head coach) said we should go and do some one-day training today. I think we’ve already done it with our fantastic display against Nottinghamshire, but I doubt we will get the day off.

“The win over Nottinghamshire and the performance on the last day was fantastic, it was very special.

“We all came off the field and were pinching ourselves at what we acheived. That will give us confidence for the season going forward.”

Collingwood’s thoughts were echoed by wicketkeeper/batsman Phil Mustard, one of the stars of that thrilling run chase, as he hit 74 runs off 54 balls.

“We haven’t done much one-day stuff over the last four or five weeks, so that run chase at Nottinghamshire was ideal,” he said.

“To have the opportunity to go out there and play with a bit of freedom was nice, and it should stand us in good stead.”

Mustard will be hoping he can carry on from where he left off in last season’s competition (then the Clydesdale Bank 40).

He was named the competition’s player of the Year, making 475 runs, which included three centuries (one of only three players to do so), and also had 16 dismissals behind the stumps.

He added: “I have always done pretty well in the Pro 40 stuff. I have always been there or there abouts. Hopefully, I can keep that going and possibly even better what I did last year.”

Durham will once again be captained by Dale Benkenstein in the one-day and T20 formats.

And he will be hoping for a bright start from his side.

The game starts at 1.45pm, and has been chosen as Steve Harmison’s benefit match.

Durham won their first three one-day matches last season, but finished the group stage with five wins and four losses (and two games abandoned due to bad weather) which wasn’t enough to progress to the semi-final stage.

Durham squad: Phil Mustard, Mark Stoneman, Ben Stokes, Paul Collingwood, Dale Benkenstein, Gordon Muchall, Scott Borthwick, Gareth Breese, Mark Wood, Chris Rushworth, Graham Onions, Will Smith, Ryan Pringle.