Durham County Cricket Club’s Chris Rushworth puts our man Gary through his batting paces

Gary Foster, left, with Durham's Chris Rushworth.
Gary Foster, left, with Durham's Chris Rushworth.
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DURHAM CCC jet off to Dubai tomorrow to put the finishing touches to their pre-season build-up.

New North-East Press Cricket Writer GARY FOSTER put his body in the firing line to see how they are progressing.

UNLESS you’re some kind of danger junkie or a cricketer (the two aren’t mutually exclusive), then a lump of leather and cork being hurled towards you at 80mph probably isn’t your idea of fun.

Still, someone thought it would be a good move if I put myself in exactly that position, all in the name of Sports Journalism.

Needless to say, the someone who thought it was a good idea wasn’t yours truly.

But, taking one for the team, I headed off to Durham County Cricket Club’s indoor centre to face the music – or more precisely a very hard, very fast ball bowled by Durham’s own Chris Rushworth.

Geoff Cook’s Durham squad are currently gearing up for the new season, and have been working hard in the gym and in the nets.

What better way to see how their preparations were coming along, and get myself ready for a first season as North East Press Cricket Writer, than to put myself in the firing line?

So laden with every possible piece of padding I could get my hands on, and my lucky socks, I nervously headed off to the Emirates International Cricket Ground at Chester-Le-Street.

Read about how Gary got on against Durham’s Chris Rushworth in today’s Echo.