Borthwick’s hoping to be fit for Sussex

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SCOTT Borthwick is hoping to be fit for Durham’s clash with Sussex tomorrow.

But the spinner accepts that he may have to play through the pain barrier to take part in the County Championship clash at Hove.

Scans have revealed that the Sunderland-born star has a small crack in the bone of one of his fingers.

But he insists he will give it every chance to be involved.

“I’ve had a scan and I’ve got a tiny little crack in the bone on the ring finger of my right hand,” he revealed.

“It’s a little bit sore at the minute, but I bowled in the nets yesterday, and I’m waiting to see if there is any reaction to that.

“I’ll probably bowl a few more overs today in the nets, then we will see what happens and make a decision before the game tomorrow.”

Durham will certainly be hoping that they can add Borthwick’s bowling skills to their armoury when they go up against Sussex.

Skipper Paul Collingwood admitted after the draw with Yorkshire that his side hadn’t bowled to the best of their abilities.

And those sentiments were echoed by Borthwick.

He said: “Against Northants we had them nine down and couldn’t get that last wicket that we needed.

“And then we couldn’t bowl out Somerset, and of course Yorkshire got that massive first-innings score of over 600, so we have been struggling to bowl sides out, which is normally our strength.

“We haven’t bowled well enough for long enough spells, but hopefully we can change that.”

And Borthwick knows that Durham will have to be on their game to get a result against Sussex.

“There are no easy games in the First Division,” he said.

“We know that we will have to play well to get a result against Sussex.

“They are a good side, and have some good players.

“Ed Joyce is back off international duty with Ireland, and if England allow Chris Jordan to play that will really give them a lift.”

Borthwick was speaking at the GForce T20 clash, which is part of Gareth Breese and Gordon Muchall’s benefit year.

A Durham Jets XI was beaten by Durham Legends, with West Indies coach Ottis Gibson hitting the winning six off Breese as they chased down a target of 163.