DURHAM coach Geoff Cook believes his side can prove to be a force to be reckoned with in the Clydesdale Bank 40 (CB40) competition this year.
The Dynamos have won one, and lost one of their CB40 games so far, but Cook insists he has already seen enough to convince him that they are heading in the right direction in the one-day contest.
And he is hoping they can get back on the winning track when Scotland Saltires are the visitors to the Emirates ICG tomorrow.
He said: “So far we have played both of last year’s 40-over finalists in Somerset and Surrey.
“We beat Somerset in our opening game of the competition, and then lost to a very good Surrey side in the next one, but we played some good cricket in both games.
“We want to compete in every competition that we play in, and so far in the 40-over matches, we have seen some things that we are pleased with and some things that we need to work on.
“Against Scotland we can hopefully, get another win under out belts and look to build on things from there.”
Gordon Muchall missed out on a place in the starting XI for the five-wicket County Championship defeat away to Somerset this week.
However, the batsman who is Durham’s top scorer in the CB40 so far this term with knocks of 75 and 55, is expected to return to the first-team line-up tomorrow.
Youngster Jamie Harrison, who took 2-51 on his CB40 debut, could keep his place in the side after being one of the few players to impress in the championship clash at Taunton – the bowler took 5-131 over the four days.
Graham Onions returns to the squad having missed the midweek LV= County Championship match against Somerset through England commitments.
Durham will be looking to leapfrog the Saltires in the league table with a win on home turf.
Cook’s side are one point behind tomorrow’s visitors in the Group B on two points.
Scotland have, however, played more games than their hosts, having lost two, won one and had one no result from their four CB40 matches to date.
Their sole win came against Nottinghamshire Outlaws in Edinburgh, where 44 not out from Josh Davey and an unbeaten 58 by Calum Macleod was enough to hand them an 18-run success under the Duckworth-Lewis method.
Play starts at 1.45pm, with gates opening at 11.45am. Admission is £15 for adults and £5 for juniors.
Durham squad: Phil Mustard, Mark Stoneman, Ben Stokes, Paul Collingwood, Gordon Muchall, Will Smith, Ian Blackwell, Scott Borthwick, Liam Plunkett, Chris Rushworth, Graham Onions, Mitchell Claydon, Jamie Harrison.