Durham to face Hampshire in T20 quarter-final

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DURHAM will visit Hampshire in the quarter-finals of the Friends Life T20 next month after Nottinghamshire helped Geoff Cook’s men book their progress last night.

The Outlaws beat Worcestershire by 25 runs to deny them a top-four spot and ensure Durham qualified from the North Group instead.

Dynamos now turn their attention to the Clydesdale Bank 40 competition tomorrow – and Paul Collingwood admits it will be a whole new ball game for him.

The all-rounder will be in action for the first time in the format when the men from the Emirates ICG play host to Surrey Lions (1.05pm).

“I don’t think I have ever played in a 40-over game,” he said. “I think this will be my first one, so it will be interesting to see what happens.”

The 40-over format was first launched in 2006 (replacing the 45-over National League), when Collingwood was firmly ensconced in the England set-up playing 50-over one-day internationals.

Collingwood has also made his mark in the 20-over version, skippering England to the World Cup and also claiming a hat-trick and figures of 5-6 in Thursday’s demolition of Northants.

But, he doesn’t see any problems in himself and his team-mates switching to the longer form of the game tomorrow.

He said: “It’s a mental shift, but during a county season, you have to go from T20 games to one-matches and to four-dayers.

“There’s obviously some technical changes in there, but we shouldn’t have to alter things too much.

“Hopefully, playing so much T20 cricket has set us up to go and play the longer version of the one-day game, and to do it well.”

Durham are fourth in the CB40 table – two points behind leaders and tomorrow’s opponents Surrey, and victory would put them on level terms, having played a game more.

Collingwood says Durham are determined to make sure they are a success in all forms of the game, including the 40-over format.

“It would be silly to prioritise a certain competition,” he said.

“With the talent, the size of the squad that we have got, and the skills we have, if you just target one competition, you’ll probably won’t be doing yourselves justice.

“We are focusing 100 per cent on every game, whatever form it is, every time we go out in the middle.”