Smith boost for Durham County’s Liberty Trophy crunch

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DURHAM County’s Liberty Trophy squad return to action today as they face Lincolnshire in the quarter-finals.

Hopes are high following the 71-shot mauling of Lancashire in the last round.

Durham have made a couple of enforced changes, as the Hartlepool duo of Paul Hartley and Carl Higgins are unavailable, however the return for former England international Gary Smith is a massive boost.

Hartlepool’s Ian Jackson is the other inclusion.

Durham: J Forcer (Hartlepool), W Ferry (Stanley), D Webb (Stanley), P Mosley (Hartlepool), J Lambert (Stanley), K Donkin (S Shields), G Farquhar (Stanley), P Smithson (Stanley), M Peach (Stanley), I Riches (S Shields), J Fielding (Darlington), D Bolt (Stanley), P Dixon (Stanley), N Ridley (Stanley), B Arkley (Stanley), J Thurlbeck (Stanley), M Ray (Hartlepool), I Jackson (Hartlepool), M Squirrell (Hartlepool), GR Smith (Stanley), N Cummings (D), M Jones (D), G Skipp (Hartlepool), A Kirtland (Darlington)

Reserves: J Ballantine (Hartlepool), M.Barkess (Stanley), C Boston (Hartlepool), J Wells (Hartlepool), D Fenwick (Hartlepool)

Quarter-final draw: Lincolnshire v Durham, Essex v Leicestershire, Northants v Hampshire, Kent v Dorset