We’ll give our all, vows Collingwood

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PAUL Collingwood says Durham will continue to go all out for success in all forms of the game.

The men from the Emirates ICG have had a great start to the season in the County Championship, having won three and drawn one of their six games so far.

Their results in the Yorkshire Bank 40 competition have been more mixed – they sit third in Group B after two wins, two defeats and one no result.

But Collingwood says: “We have got to keep the intensity levels high, no matter what type of game.

“It’s been great over the last few years that we have had success. We won the championship a couple of times, we’ve had success in the one-day form of the game, so it would be great if we could get some kind of success in the T20 side of things.

“But we won’t cherry-pick our competitions and put all of our eggs in one basket.

“We have to make sure we are going into every game trying to win, and looking to get into finals.

“To be successful, you can’t afford to think I’ll switch it on for this game, and not that one. You have to make sure you are always ready, and always giving your very best.”

Durham host Lancashire in a YB40 clash tomorrow, looking to build on Monday’s 43-run win under the Duckworth-Lewis method at home to Derbyshire.

That victory was followed by a couple of days’ break for the Durham players, which Collingwood felt was much needed after an intensive start to the season.

“You need a break, so it’s important that guys get away from it and recharge the batteries,” he said.

“That first month and a half has been brutal in terms of the physical side of it, especially in terms of the bowlers, and the mental side of it as batsmen playing in some tough conditions.

“So you have got to get away from it, and recharge your batteries.

“It’s been a good week to do it, because we won last weekend, and it’s always better when you go into a period of downtime having won that last game.

“Mentally it’s a lot better, you’re more relaxed, and you’re not thinking about the game too much, which is great.”

Tomorrow’s visitors are second bottom in Group B, having played a game fewer than Durham, but having won just one of four games so far.

Collingwood was speaking at a special coaching session for youngsters from Whitburn Cricket Club.

The session was set up by the sponsors of this year’s 40-over competition – Yorkshire Bank, and Collingwood was delighted to take part.

“It’s very important to get back to the grassroots and the community, and that’s what Yorkshire Bank are all about,” he said.

“Most of the players that come through Durham these days come through the club system. Not a lot of schools around the area actually play cricket. We have a really club system up here, it’s such a hotbed of cricket.

“It’s important to get out there to these clubs and give something back.

“We try to make it fun because for me that’s the most important thing, to play cricket with a smile on your face.”

H Paul Collingwood is an ambassador for Yorkshire Bank, who are giving away 150 cricket bats during the YB40 season via their Giving Bat to You campaign. To enter visit www.facebook.com/YorkshireBankCricket