Confident Paul Collingwood is predicting glory

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PAUL Collingwood believes there’s still a lot more to come from Durham after their “fantastic” T20 win over Worcestershire Royals yesterday.

The victory at the Emirates ICG saw the Dynamos leapfrog the visitors to go third in the table and Collingwood, who played a key role in the success, feels they can continue to improve.

The all-rounder struck twice in two balls in his first over, and eventually finished with superb figures of 4-19.

“It was a huge win for us and a fantastic result after playing so poorly in the defeat to Lancashire last week,” he said.

“We knew we had to bounce back in a confident manner and, thankfully, we did that.

“There’s more to come from us and I feel as if we are getting better as we progress in the competition.”

Chasing Durham’s 161 for six, in which Ian Blackwell made 77, Worcestershire were 60 for one after seven overs when Collingwood struck twice in two balls in his first over.

Moeen Ali was stumped for 29 and the former England T20 captain then stuck up his left hand to hold a return catch offered by Bangladesh all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan.

Collingwood’s success prompted Dale Benkenstein to try his own medium pace swingers and Alexei Kervezee hit his first ball over midwicket for six, but then holed out at long-on for 26.

No one else threatened an innings of substance and Worcestershire were all out for 133 with five balls remaining.

After choosing to bat under cloudless skies, Durham’s total looked a little below par, despite Blackwell hitting four sixes in his 59-ball innings.

He came to the crease to face the third ball of the match after Phil Mustard was bowled off his pads by Jack Shantry.

When Pakistan off-spinner Saeed Ajmal came on for the sixth over, Gordon Muchall lofted the second ball straight to deep midwicket to bring in Collingwood, with 30 runs from six Twenty20 innings behind him.

The next ball brushed Blackwell’s pad and passed just over the stumps as only one run came off the over and Ajmal continued to pose problems on his way to figures of three for 22.

Collingwood made 29 off 23 balls and Durham were in need of acceleration with the score on 106 after 15 overs.

Collingwood was bowled going for a big hit off Gareth Andrew, but Benkenstein helped Blackwell take 30 runs off the next 10 balls before Blackwell chipped the last ball of the 17th over straight back to Al Hasan.

Collingwood said: “I thought the side showed we have character, but also a lot of skill.”

“Blackie (Blackwell) was fantastic with the ba.”

The win leaves Durham on 13 points – the same as the Royals – but Dynamos have a better a run rate and a game in hand. Three wins out of their remaining four games should be enough to take Durham through to the quarter-finals.