Durham hope for a double delight

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DURHAM go in search of their first double of the season tonight.

Geoff Cook’s side play host to Yorkshire Carnegie in a Twenty20 Group B clash (6pm start).

The Dynamos opened their T20 campaign a week ago with a two-run victory over Carnegie at Headingley.

Now they are hoping to put one over their local rivals once again, as the try to build up some momentum in the shortest form of the game.

Both sides have won two of their three matches in the competition so far this season, and share second place with Lancashire – all three sides are on four points.

However, a win for either side would give them a two-point lead over their rivals.

Having suffered a disappointing five-wicket defeat at home to Nottinghamshire Outlaws last Sunday, Durham got their campaign back on track on Wednesday night.

South African pair Herschelle Gibbs (38) and Johann Myburgh (46) helped to steer their side to a five-wicket success over Derbyshire Falcons at the City Ground as Dynamos chased down a target of 142 runs with seven balls of their 20 overs remaining.

Durham welcome a few familiar faces with former coach Martyn Moxon leading Yorkshire, while South African David Miller, part of the Dynamos’ T20 squad last year, now plying his trade for this evening’s visitors.

Cook’s men will have to deal with the threat posed by a number of key batsmen to give themselves their best chance of taking the spoils.

Yorkshire skipper Andrew Gale failed to fire in the opening defeat against Dynamos caught by Gordon Muchall off the bowling of Chris Rushworth for a duck having faced just two balls.

But since then Gale and Yorkshire have enjoyed an upturn in fortunes, Carnegie beating Leicester and Derbyshire, with the skipper scoring 39 and 70 respectively.

Dynamos head coach Cook has named a 15-man squad for the match.

Durham (from}: Phil Mustard, Herschelle Gibbs, Ben Stokes, Johann Myburgh, Dale Benkenstein, Gordon Muchall, Scott Borthwick, Liam Plunkett, Mitchell Claydon, Chris Rushworth, Graham Onions, Gareth Breese, Mark Stoneman, Callum Thorp, Will Smith.

H Essex beat Middlesex by six runs in their Friends Life t20 South Group match at Lord’s last night, the hosts falling just short with 149 for nine in their pursuit of 156.