Durham’s Collingwood helps push for finals day

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VETERAN all-rounder Paul Collingwood hopes to bring his expertise to the party as Durham visit Northants Steelbacks in the Friends Life T20 quarter-finals tonight, writes GARY FOSTER.

County Championship skipper Collingwood returns to the Dynamos squad in the shortest format of the game after injuring his thumb in the first week of the competition.

The return of the all-rounder, who captained England to victory in the T20 World Cup in 2010, will be a massive boost for the men from the Emirates ICG.

Durham have been in good form of late in the T20 contest, winning their last four matches to secure a last-eight place after finishing one of the best third-place sides with six wins in the North Group.

Northants, on the other hand, topped the Midlands, Wales and West Group with just one more win than the Dynamos.

Durham are determined to bounce back from their Championship defeat against Middlesex at the weekend to clinch a place in the T20 finals day at Edgbaston next Saturday.

The skipper admitted his side came up short with the bat at Lord’s, but will be hoping there is no repeat of that at Northampton’s County Ground this evening (7.10pm start). The match is televised live on Sky.

Certainly runs have not proved hard to come by in recent T20 encounters for Durham – Ben Stokes, Phil Mustard and Gordon Muchall all coming to the party with crucial knocks.

DURHAM (from): Paul Collingwood, Mark Stoneman, Phil Mustard, Scott Borthwick, Will Smith, Ben Stokes, Gordon Muchall, Gareth Breese, Ryan Pringle, Michael Richardson, Chris Rushworth, Graham Onions, Mark Wood