DURHAM have the talent and the hunger to be a success in the 40-over game – that is the message from wicketkeeper/batsman Phil Mustard.
Mustard, pictured, and his team-mates currently lead the County Championship by 23 points, and have qualified for the quarter-finals of the T20 competition.
Now they are setting their sights on success in the one-day format of the game, and Mustard says they are fired up ahead of tomorrow’s trip to The Rose Bowl to face Hampshire.
“We said at the start of the season that we wanted to go out and try to win every single game,” he said. “Obviously, that is an almost impossible task, but you have to go out there with the right attitude.
“We go into every game, and every competition looking to win, and with the squad and the desire we have, we are confident that if we play to the best of our abilities we can go out and get a result.”
Durham head to Hampshire hoping to do the double over their opponents – Geoff Cook’s side won by seven wickets when the two sides met in the same competition back in May.
But despite the comprehensive win last time out, Mustard says they are not taking anything for granted.
“You like to hope that it gives you a bit of an edge over sides having already beaten them, but you can’t afford to ease up,” he said.
“You have to stay focused, and take each game as it comes. It is about assessing the different conditions and the way your opponents are performing in each particular game.
“We have our gameplan, which we will try to put into action, but it is a case of changing and tinkering with things as the match goes on to deal with whatever situations come your way.”
The Dynamos were awarded a point for no result after yesterday’s wash-out at home to Surrey Lions, which saw them climb into third place in Group B of the Pro40 competition with nine points.
Durham are two points behind leaders Surrey, but have played a game more.
Tomorrow’s opponents Hampshire are second from bottom with just three points to their name, and Mustard and his team-mates are aiming to heap more misery on their hosts.
He said: “We want to be successful in this competition, and if we are to do that then we must keep performing and picking up results.
“Hopefully, we can continue to do that.”