Jets need lift-off in T20 Blast clash

New Durham starlet Paul Coughlin
New Durham starlet Paul Coughlin
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DURHAM Jets are back in action tonight as they look to get their T20 campaign back on track.

The Jets have lost their last two games after a good start to the revamped NatWest T20 Blast competition, which puts extra importance to this evening’s home clash against Leicestershire Foxes (5.30pm start).

Jon Lewis’s side sit sixth in the North Group table, with four points from five games, still only six points behind leaders Worcestershire Rapids.

Tonight’s opponents Leicestershire, meanwhile, are second from bottom after five defeats from their opening six fixtures, including last night’s 24-run loss to Nottinghamshire Outlaws.

Lewis has recalled Usman Arshad to the squad after injury, while Paul Coughlin could make his debut in the competition.

If the Sunderland-born Coughlin does play, he’ll be hoping to make a similar impact on his T20 bow as he did on his four-day debut this week.

Coughlin was one of the heroes of Durham’s first LV County Championship win of the season, hitting 85 in the first innings, a record score for a Durham No.10.

Four-day skipper Paul Collingwood is excited by the development of the 21-year-old Wearsider.

“He could be a really good all-rounder” said Collingwood.

“I’m just delighted with how he approached the game. He didn’t shy away from anything, he was really confident that he was going to do it out there and he wanted the ball all the time.

“He looks a good one for the future.”

Collingwood will hand over the captaincy reins to one-day skipper Mark Stoneman for this evening’s game, and he can call upon the services of the Jets’ top run scorer, Calum MacLeod, who has been playing for the the second team this week.

Tonight’s match has been designated as Superhero night, with fans asked to attend dressed as their favourite caped crusader.

Fans who dress up will have the chance to win a host of prizes throughout the night, while a trip to Dubai is up for grabs in the “Catch Competition” during the innings interval.

Two lucky fans could win three nights’ accommodation and return flights to sun-drenched Dubai, thanks to club sponsor Emirates Airline.

Tickets are £20 on the gate, £15 in advance, with juniors allowed in for £5.