PAUL Collingwood will not allow his side any time to lick their wounds ahead of tomorrow’s Twenty20 clash away to Yorkshire.
Durham opened their T20 campaign with a nine-run home defeat to Lancashire last night, but Collingwood will not spare any time to worry about what might have been.
He said; “In this format of the game, the matches come thick and fast, and it can be very emotionally charged.
“But it is important that we make sure that our confidence stays high.
“I told the lads in the changing room that there was no option but to keep their heads up.
“You can’t dwell on the loss because we have a game tomorrow, and if you start to let your heads drop, then you are not going to win the next game.”
Durham’s side against Lancashire had quite a youthful and inexperienced look to it, with several players under 25, and youngsters Mark Wood, Max Morley and Ryan Pringle all making their T20 debuts.
Pringle was the only Durham player to take any wickets, finishing with 2-24 from three overs, 20-year-old left-arm spinner Morley was far less lucky.
The youngster’s first two overs cost just 13, but then Simon Katich (43) got after him and he finished with none for 41 from four overs.
Katich and opener Stephen Moore (75) were the key men for the visitors with the bat, as Lancashire posted 165-3 from their 20 overs.
Collingwood admitted afterwards that total was a bit more than he would have liked, and that was something he was looking to address.
“To be honest, I’m looking to get the totals down,” he said. “If you look at the history of us in T20 cricket, we tend to go for 170 to 175 pretty regularly.
“You only tend to win one or two of your games when you go for that many, so I’m trying to find a way to get another 15 to 20 runs of those totals.”
Despite a substantial total from Lancashire, Durham looked to be on course, racing to 53 without loss in the sixth.
But the loss of Mark Stoneman and Phil Mustard in successive balls stiffled their progress.
Ben Stokes (34 from 26 balls) looked to inject some momentum into the home side’s innings after they had become slightly bogged down in the middle overs.
But when the all-rounder became the first of Mitchell McClenaghan’s three victims – the Kiwi international took 3-35 on his debut for the away side – it was a big ask for Durham.
The hosts kept plugging away, but needing 12 runs to win off the last two balls, they fell short of their goal.
Now Durham must go again against Yorkshire at Scarborough tomorrow, a pitch known to favour spin, meaning Collingwood could once again give young spinners Morley and Pringle, along the more experienced Will Smith and Scott Borthwick a chance to put their skills to the test once more.