Durham must win every Twenty20 game from now on, warns skipper Dale Benkenstein

Dale Benkenstein has warned his colleagues they have to start winning.
Dale Benkenstein has warned his colleagues they have to start winning.
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DALE Benkenstein has warned his troops they face a crucial week in their Twenty20 campaign.

Durham sit fourth in the North Group table on four points – three behind Nottinghamshire, Yorkshire and Lancashire, who are all on seven.

Having tasted a heavy defeat away to Lancashire on Monday night, Dynamos have had little time to lick their wounds, with games coming up fast and furious.

Tonight they play host to second-bottom Derbyshire Falcons at the Emirates ICG (5.30pm start), while on Friday they travel to face Nottinghamshire, then entertain Leicestershire on Sunday.

And Benkenstein admits this will be a pivotal week for his side in terms of achieving success in the shortest form of the game.

“We know what we have to do and that is win every game,” he said.

“That won’t be easy, but this form of the game isn’t easy.”

Durham look set to ring the changes this evening against Derbyshire.

Dynamos coach Geoff Cook admits he might look to freshen things up in the batting department, which misfired against the Lightning.

“You don’t rush into things, but we had a chat after the (Lancashire) game and sometimes you need to freshen things up,” Cook said.

“It might be a case of giving batsmen different roles, rather than bringing in players.”

While Cook may tinker with his batting order it seems unlikely that will affect his top three, with openers Phil Mustard and overseas pro Herschelle Gibbs, and number three Ben Stokes all likely to stay where they are.

Cook added: “With Gibbs, Mustard and Stokes we have got guys with the ability to win games.”

Durham will be hoping for a repeat of their earlier meeting with Falcons when action gets under way tonight.

Last week, Dynamos claimed a five-wicket win at the County Ground.

Durham (from): Gibbs, Mustard, Stokes, Myburgh, Benkenstein, Muchall, Smith, Breese, Plunkett, Onions, Borthwick, Claydon, Rushworth.

* Durham all-rounder Paul Collingwood will definitely play in this year’s T20 Champions League clash in South Africa in October.

Collingwood, currently out with a broken hand, and Gibbs will both take part in the competition, but just who they line-up for depends on whether or not Durham qualify for the event.

If not, Collingwood will play for Perth Scorchers, who qualified as runners-up in Australia’s Big Bash competition, while Gibbs came second with Mumbia Indians in the Indian Premier League.