Durham seek two wins for quarter-final spot

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DURHAM are just two wins away from a T20 quarter-final spot.

That is the verdict of head coach Geoff Cook as the Dynamos head to Scarborough for tomorrow’s away-day against Yorkshire Carnegie.

The two teams lined up to face each other at the Emirates ICG last night for the first part of their T20 double-header.

However, heavy rain at Chester-le-Street saw the game abandoned two hours after it was due to start. That non-result saw both teams awarded a point.

Cook admitted he was disappointed the game couldn’t go ahead, but insisted it didn’t change too much in terms of the league table and qualification for the next stage of the competition.

“Of course we would have liked to play the game last night, but it wasn’t to be.

“However, it doesn’t alter what we need to do. The way we are looking at things, we need to win two out of our remaining three games.

“If we play to the best of our abilities, then there is no reason why we can’t do that.”

Durham welcome back overseas star David Miller for tomorrow’s clash.

The South African had flown out to join his national team-mates for their A team’s triangular series against Australia and Zimbabwe.

However, having got out for a duck in the first match against Australia A and then for just 12 in the next clash against the hosts, he was dropped for the Proteas’ next two games and has been allowed to rejoin the Dynamos.

But despite him not having the best of times out in Harare, Cook is confident the batsman can come back and bring something to the team.

“When we moved him up to No.4 in the batting order we saw glimpses of what he is capable of doing,” Cook said.

“He didn’t get any huge scores, but he was scoring runs quickly and gave us a real impetus early on.

“He is also a top fielder and brings a lot of energy to the side.

“He is due to fly into Leeds today and will join up with us at Scarborough. It is a real positive to have him back.”

Cook is hoping the weather will be set fairer tomorrow and admits he is looking forward to seeing his side make up the opposition for the first ever t20 clash to be held at North Marine Road.

“Scarborough is always a nice place to play cricket in whatever form of the game you are competing in.

“It is usually a fast wicket and the boundaries aren’t that big, so there are usually a lot of runs scored.

“If it’s a full house, it will be a great atmosphere and hopefully, we can go there and get the right result.”

Worcestershire’s narrow win over Warwickshire moved them into third place in the Northern group, above Durham, although the fourth-top Dynamos have two games in hand. Leicestershire, already through to the quarter-finals, gave Durham’s qualification hopes a helping hand by rallying to defeat Derbyshire by two wickets, stopping the Falcons from drawing level on points with Durham.

H Last night’s ticket holders can get a refund (minus an administration fee) at the box office (inside the next four weeks), or can use their tickets at the gate for the final home Twenty20 game against Northants on Thursday (5.40pm start).

Tickets can also be swapped for Northants tickets at the box office from Monday to Wednesday (9am-5pm).