Stoneman gets Jets fired up for Lightning strike

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DURHAM T20 skipper Mark Stoneman says the team is looking forward to getting back to action after a frustrating couple of days.

Durham switch formats tonight when they host Lancashire Lightning in the NatWest T20 Blast at the Emirates ICG (5.30pm start).

The Jets hope to build on their opening win in the competition a fortnight ago when they hammered Worcestershire by 29 runs.

Since then, Durham have been in Championship action, including this week’s fixture against Notts which ended in a draw yesterday after the game was abandoned due to heavy rain without a ball being bowled on the final day.

It’s now time for the Jets to return to action in a double header, with tonight’s match being followed by a trip back to Trent Bridge tomorrow.

Stoneman said: “We’ve had a fair bit of travelling the last few weeks, but it’s part and parcel of the job. We’re changing formats now, with the two T20s, and the lads are very much looking forward to it.”

Calum MacLeod returns after smashing an unbeaten 80 from 56 balls on his debut against Worcestershire.

Stoneman admits the Scot has been a breath of fresh air: “Calum played fantastically well. Given the chance, he took it with both hands.

“He can hit the ball all around the ground with plenty of power and he’s a lovely addition to the team.”