IT WAS great to see Durham host the One-Day game between England and Sri Lanka at the weekend.
The club always takes great pride in hosting these kind of games, and it was good to see another one being held at the ground.
Obviously the performance and result were not what England would have wanted, but by all reports the day was a fantastic one which was enjoyed by most.
Seeing Durham selected to host international games is not just good in terms of what it brings to the club.
It is also good because it means youngsters from the area, who come up from the academy know that if they become a professional cricketer they will be playing on an international cricket ground, and that is a massive incentive for them.
It was a little bit disappointing that there were no Durham players in the England team at the weekend.
I think the one player we would have expected to see in the one-day squad had he not been coming back from injury is Ben Stokes.
Obviously, he is playing for us in the County Championship against Nottingham at Trent Bridge and it’s great to see him on the comeback trail.
He’s played quite a few games for the seconds so far after recovering from the wrist injury.
He’s shown that he’s ready, and we are in the middle of game where at the time of writing this he is 50 not out on comeback.
Hopefully, it won’t be too long before we see him back in England colours again.
Ben is an eyecatching player and everything he does has a real flair about it, and hopefully we will continue to see him perform to the very best of his ability for both Durham and England for a very long time.
Obviously, Ben isn’t the only one who is doing quite well for us with the bat at Trent Bridge.
As I write this, my fellow G Force member Gordon Muchall is 100 not out as well.
It is fantastic for Gordon to get a century in this game.
It’s his first in the County Championship for a couple of years, although to be fair to him, he hasn’t played that much first-class cricket in the last season or two.
To see the way he went out to bat, full of confidence was excellent, and he has gone out there to show what he can do.
Muchy has been given an opportunity to play in this game, and he has grabbed it with both chance.
Hopefully, he has now shown that he deserves to play in more games.
Any true professional wants the opportunity to play in all forms of cricket.
That has always what myself and Gordon have wanted to do, but we have had such strong squads in recent years the opportunities haven’t always been there to do that.
So to get the chance to to perform, and then to pull it off is fantastic.
One person who always performed was West Indies legend and fast bowler Michael Holding.
And G Force are delighted to announce that Michael will be at a special Gala Dinner we are holding at the Ramside Hall on Wednesday, June 18.
Michael was a fantastic player, and he doesn’t get up here to do this sort of thing too often, so we are delighted that he is able to be at this event.
To have someone of his standing in the world game come along to support is truly fantastic.
H Tables at Ramside Hall to see West Indian Legend Michael Holding cost just £350 for 10 people. For more information, contact the benefit committee at firstname.lastname@example.org