Stoneman proud to be Durham one-day skipper

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BATSMAN Mark Stoneman today spoke of his pride at being named Durham’s one-day captain.

The Newcastle-born 26-year-old opener succeeds the departed Dale Benkenstein, while Paul Collingwood remains as skipper for the LV County Championship campaign.

Stoneman said “It is a great honour to captain Durham and a proud day for my family.

“I got a taste for it on a few occasions last season when Dale Benkenstein and Paul Collingwood were injured, and I enjoyed every second of it. I’ve learnt a lot from those guys in particular and I can’t wait to get started.”

The left-hander has two new-look competitions to look forward to – the Natwest T20 Blast and the Royal London One-Day Cup.

Head coach Jon Lewis added “This is a fitting reward for Mark and the progress he has made over the last few years.

“He has really improved his consistency with the bat and is a popular figure in the dressing room.

“He is a local lad with the best years of his career still ahead of him, and we are confident he’ll make a real success of the role.”