Lewis urges Durham to repeat Championship form

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DURHAM coach Jon Lewis is looking for his side to take their four-day form into the NatWest T20 Blast now.

Durham have racked up successive LV County Championship victories, hammering Sussex by 309 runs this week to back up their victory over Lancashire.

But they have struggled to get any consistent form in the shortest version of the game, despite having a wealth of strong T20 players at their disposal.

The Jets travel to Northants tonight for another North Group game, knowing they need to start putting a run together in the competition if they want to progress far in the tournament.

But they have an ideal opportunity to gain some momentum, with four games in succession coming up.

This season’s T20 games have been fitted in around the Championship fixtures, but Lewis believes this run of games will give his side a chance to find some form.

He said: “We have four consecutive T20 games coming up now, which hopefully will suit as and will allow us to get into a bit of a rhythm and winning form in that.

“We haven’t managed to do that so far, but the qualifying places for the quarter-finals aren’t too far away from us in the table, so if we can have a good week in these four games, then we will put ourselves right in amongst it.”

First up is the trip to Northamptonshire Steelbacks tonight, before the Jets head back to Chester-le-Street to play Derbyshire Falcons on Sunday (2.30pm).

They are on the road again on Wednesday, this time making the short trip to Headingley to face Yorkshire Vikings, before ending the run of games at home to Nottinghamshire Outlaws next Friday.

Durham are seventh in the nine-team table, having won just two of their opening six games, and sit a point behind tonight’s opponents.

The Jets have rested bowler Chris Rushworth for tonight’s game.

The 27-year-old Wearsider is Durham’s leading wicket taker this year with 34 victims, but he was rested for the last NatWest T20 Blast match with Leicestershire Foxes, and will not feature at Northampton either.

H Sunday’s NatWest T20 blast between Durham Jets and Derbyshire this Sunday, has been dubbed a Family Fun Day by the club.

Children aged 15 and under will be allowed in for just £1 and fans are asked to use the code FUNDAY1 when booking online or at the box office

The club will have a mini fun fair at the ground, NatWest T20 Blast giveaways, a face painter, crafts area, and hot seat prizes.

Gates open at 12.30pm, with the game starting at 2.30pm. To buy a ticket, call the box office on 0844 499 4466 or online at durhamccc.co.uk