Let’s finish on a high – Paul Collingwood

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DURHAM skipper Paul Collingwood wants his side to finish on a high note when they host Sussex in the County Championship tomorrow (11am start).

The four-day clash rounds off what has been a bitterly disappointing season for the men from the Emirates ICG.

Collingwood took over the reins from Phil Mustard with Durham staring relegation to Division Two in the face and without a County Championship win all season.

The new skipper has presided over a remarkable turn around in fortune with Durham winning four of the last five four-day matches, the fifth ending in a draw.

That means relegation is no longer a threat, but that won’t mean any easing up from Collingwood.

The veteran all-rounder is determined to give the home side something to cheer about before the curtain falls on the season.

“I said when I took over that we wanted to win as many games as we can, that hasn’t changed,” he said.

“We have set ourselves standards and we have to maintain and improve on them.

“Winning becomes a habit, and it is one we want to have going into the future.

“I have been really pleased with the way the lads have responded since I took over as captain.

“It’s all about doing the right things and we want that to continue.”

Durham sit sixth in the table on 137 points, with tomorrow’s visitors two places above them on 163.

When the two sides met at Arundel earlier in the season, it was Sussex who came out on top, claiming a two-wicket win.

Aussie bowler Steve Magoffin proved the difference for Sussex taking nine wickets over two innings, including a return of 6-22 off 12.5 overs when Durham batted for the second time.

He also hit 23 not out to help see his side over the line.