Durham ready to make history at South North

Ben Stokes, set to play for Durham in tomorrow's Royal London One-Day Cup clash with Warwickshire at South Northumberland CC
Ben Stokes, set to play for Durham in tomorrow's Royal London One-Day Cup clash with Warwickshire at South Northumberland CC
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DURHAM break new ground when they host Warwickshire in tomorrow’s Royal London One-Day Cup fixture at South Northumberland Cricket Club in Newcastle (10.30am start)

The match marks the Gosforth-based club’s 150th anniversary, with Durham desperate for a victory after losing each of their first two games in the new 50-over competition’s Group B.

Tomorrow’s game is only the second time that Durham have played a home match outside the county border since securing first-class status in 1992 – following an 80-run defeat to Derbyshire at Jesmond in the Benson and Hedges Cup.

David Harker, Durham’s group chief executive, said: “It’s an opportunity to go and play in front of a new audience.

“I hope that we’ll get a lot of people to the game that ordinarily might not venture into a cricket ground, but would want to come along and join in the festivities at South North.”

South North’s chairman, Roger Griffiths, commented: “Everybody connected with the club is very excited. This is our 150th anniversary and the club is grateful to Durham for helping to celebrate this event.”

England all-rounder Ben Stokes is expected to play. He has been named in a 13-man squad alongside Scotland batsman Calum MacLeod.

South Northumberland were formed as Bulman’s Village Cricket Club in 1864. The club moved to their current ground, three miles from Newcastle city centre, the following year.

Durham squad: Mark Stoneman, Phil Mustard, Calum MacLeod, Ben Stokes, Michael Richardson, Scott Borthwick, Gordon Muchall, Paul Collingwood, Gareth Breese, Keaton Jennings, John Hastings, Graham Onions, Chris Rushworth