Wood relishing big chance

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MARK Wood hopes to add to the frustrations of his fellow Durham bowlers by keeping them out of the starting line-up, writes Gary Foster.

The seamer took 3-23 yesterday as Durham cruised to victory at home to Scotland in the Yorkshire Bank 40.

The 23-year-old has kept his place in the side since taking 5-58 against Nottinghamshire at Trent Bridge in May, and has no intention of giving up his spot in the starting XI without a fight.

“It’s good to be in the team, and good to be contributing, that’s what you want to be doing,” he said.

“You want to be putting in match-winning performances for Durham.

“Thankfully, yesterday I got a couple of wickets. It’s just about keeping your place in the team I guess.

“I have had to wait a while to get in the team, but I’m definitely happy now that I’m getting a go. There’s lads behind you who you respect – I mean Thorpy (Callum Thorp) didn’t play yesterday.

“You are all good friends, but essentially you’re competing against each other, but you just want to keep your own place in the team.

“You can’t be over-confident or arrogant.

“You have got to respect your team-mates, and realise that if you don’t the business these lads are waiting to take your place.”

Like Wood, Paul Collingwood and Graham Onions also claimed three wickets apiece yesterday as Scotland crumbled to a rather pathetic 91 all out at the Emirates ICG.

The visitors continually tried to punish the short ball from Durham’s bowlers, but time after time that proved their downfall, with their attempts often bringing wickets.

And Wood admitted that he was somewhat taken aback by Scotland’s approach.

He said: “I was surprised at the way they tried to take on the short ball. We got a few wickets from that.

“In the one-day game, it’s a bit hectic, and you’re trying to get runs of course. But they just kept going for it – I couldn’t believe it!

“I thought I’m just going to keep bowling short; if it’s working this well for me.”

New Zealand international, and South Shields professional, Tom Latham top-scored for the away side with 30 – and only three other Scotland batsmen made double figures.

Durham never looked in any danger of not reaching the meagre total.

The hosts did lose three wickets in their run chase, with Mark Stoneman, Phil Mustard, and Scott Borthwick the men out.

But Collingwood and Ben Stokes saw the home side over the line with more than 27 of their alloted 40 overs to spare.

The seven-wicket victory means Durham have now won four of their seven YB40 matches and sit top of the Group B table.

They face Hamsphire at home this Saturday (1.45pm) before the T20 competition takes over.