DURHAM will look to get their Yorkshire Bank 40 campaign back on track this evening, writes GARY FOSTER.
The Dynamos face Derbyshire at the County Ground in Derby, knowing they must win to keep alive their hopes of reaching the Lord’s final.
Durham topped Group B ahead of Tuesday’s trip to face Essex at Chelmsford, but suffered a heavy six-wicket defeat, which saw them drop down to second.
Hampshire now lead the way, having played a game less, but having picked up seven wins in the competition, compared to Durham’s six.
That means the Dynamos must win against Derby and the final group tie at home to Surrey on Bank Holiday Monday, August 26.
Graham Onions’ broken finger, picked up against Scotland, means he again misses out.
However, Ben Stokes is still allowed to play, despite being called up to play for England Lions against Australia at Northampton in a two-day clash, which starts tomorrow.
Before the defeat to Essex, Durham had been doing well in the competition.
The same can’t be said for this evening’s hosts – the Falcons have won just two YB40 matches this term, and suffered a 43-run defeat to Durham at Chester-le-Street back in May, albeit under the Duckworth-Lewis method.
Durham will be hoping that the top order are in the runs tonight, with stand-in skipper Mark Stoneman and fellow opener Phil Mustard, aiming to get them off to a good start.
A top order collapse proved costly against Essex, and Stoneman and his side will be keen to avoid a repeat.
The three group winners and the best runners-up will progress to the semi-finals.
DURHAM (from): Mark Stoneman, Phil Mustard, Scott Borthwick, Paul Collingwood, Will Smith, Ben Stokes, Gordon Muchall, Gareth Breese, Michael Richardson, Ryan Pringle, Mark Wood, Chris Rushworth, Jamie Harrison.