Muchall urges Durham to build on CB40 win at Surrey

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Durham star Gordon Muchall is calling on the side to use the Clydesdale Bank 40 competition as a springboard to kick-start their season.

South Shields-born Muchall top-scored with 75 last weekend as Geoff Cook’s outfit started their CB40 campaign with a 14-run victory over Somerset Sabres.

It was a marked change from the Dynamos’ form in the County Championship, where they are without a win in five matches, but Muchall feels the success against the Sabres can give them a lift in all forms of the game.

“We needed the win just to get us going,” he said. “Obviously the lads have found the conditions quite tough when batting.

“We haven’t got off to a great start, but hopefully last Sunday’s success can kick-start our season.”

Durham look to make it two out of two in the CB40 when they face Surrey Lions at the Kia Oval tomorrow (1.45pm start), but Muchall knows they will have their work cut out against the hosts.

He said: “Surrey won the competition last season, and they are a young exciting side, so we know it will be tough.

“Momentum is a massive thing in cricket, so hopefully we can get on a bit of a roll.

“Winning becomes a habit, and it’s certainly a habit you want to get into.

“Hopefully, we can build on last weekend’s win and get another positive result tomorrow.”

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