Ruel’s championship début with the first team, rather a success so far.
In the championship side this year through injury to our frontline seamers, Ruel has got to work. He has recorded 5fers in both of the matches he has played in this season.
That is a good start, dare one hope that he will improve!?
Scott Borthwick spent his winter in Adelaide learning more about the dark arts of legspin. He got to spend time with Shane Warne and Mushtaq Ahmed. They were very complimentary about him. So too were TMS when the Ashes show moved into town.
Now he is applying that winter work with some success.
He was instrumental in our win over Warwickshire. A double wicket maiden is always good when you are trying to restrict a team’s second innings total. He got 3 of the top order batsmen in a match altering spell. Recording a personal best of 4 wickets for 25 off of thirteen overs, which saw the Bears all out with a lead of only 101.
And with Diva struggling with a thigh strain, Scott successfully stepped into the breach as opening batsman. And with 48 unbeaten runs, lead the team to victory with a final boundary.
And all that just a few days after his 21st Birthday.
An emotional day in a lot of ways. Not only was Graham Onions back on the competitive field for the first time in 14 months. He took 5 for 53, nice, as he seems to have come back where he left off; taking plenty of wickets.
But it also saw our whole attack looking like the attack of old, the attack of Championship winning form. Demolishing Yorkshire for 149 in 60 overs. After us not getting any bowling points in this fixture this time last year it was just the best to see the attack back to how we know it can be. I wish had been there.
And finally the first match of the season! Durham MCCU v Durham at the racecourse ground.
For Mark his first run out with the first team. He picked up 2 wickets for 26 off his 13 overs. So a nice start with some wickets, let’s hope that’s the first of many more. He becomes the the 119th player to represent Durham CCC.
Well my wheels came off when I couldn’t find my camera battery recharger for most of the start of the season…but Thorpy kind of sums up our season so far. Battered and looking a bit sorry for himself.
Callum is exhibiting a mere flesh wound, picked up in a clash of heads with Plunkett during warmup footie, good enough for a trip to hospital to have stitches, but in the scheme of things, a scratch.
People wonder why we are playing so differently to the team that was so dominant last year. It’s simple really – we are not that team. We have got through the last couple of seasons with a stable squad of relatively few players. You cannot take players out of a line up and expect business as usual. Injuries to most of our key players have forced substantial changes to the first team, and a loss of form has plagued one or two who have remained fit.
We have had a summer gap in the Championship schedule. Any other year and I would be bemoaning this bitterly. This year we badly need the time out in the hopes that some of our key players can rehabilitate to full playing fitness.
We have a Championship match starting tomorrow. We will see which of or 14 injured players make it back to the pitch. We’ll see what the walking, non wounded make of the Bears. As for the battery recharger, well at least I have found that!
Our season hasn’t quite started but we have just finished a two day warm up match against Lancashire.
Having already got some overs in in the desert, we did quite well – getting 349 runs in 90 overs on the first day, Diva making 103*, Stokes 70* and Benks 57* before retiring. Anderson, Mahmood and Hogg were all in the Lanks seam attack [of whom only Mahmood took a wicket]. Keedy bowled 21 overs and took 1 for 74, but broke his collarbone while fielding. We hope it mends soon.
Durham demolished Lanks in just 66 overs for 181. Evans posted the best figures, 3 for 34 off of 10 overs, removing both openers, Plunkett picked up 3 wickets and Thorpy 2.
The second XI have also recorded two one day victories against a Durham University Centre of Cricketing Excellence side.
OK a week till Durham play their first match, and the team photo’s have been done…. This is from last year and it has had the Ceci and Mel treatment, needless to say I have always loved it.
If you have not come across their brand of quick of the draw, topical hilarity, click on this Swanning About link right away. Class acts don’t come much classier!
Oh yeah they are not overly fond of the ECB either…
Ok we are talking Changes in first class cricket here. Coming back from the Abu Dhabi match Will, Durham’s Captain has been thinking and deciding what might be good change and what might not. As we know not all change makes things better.
Re the County Championship, at present he is not in favour of a three conference structure, he does not beleiver it “would work that well.’’ He does however seem impressed with the pink ball.
The ECB have also been thinking about change. They tend to think of it in a more abstract way than most mortals. And when Mr Collier is on the record as saying ” the cost of a new-look County Championship will be the loss of some of the integrity of the two-division structure.” you realise that betterment of the sport is not at the heart of any thought processes going on at ECB towers right now.
In only his second first class match Scott has taken 8 wickets for Durham. A trial match perhaps, but he might be a bit useful then?
Day 3 of the pink ball match and Durham’s ‘Mr Invisible’ Callum Thorp gets his highest first class run score of 79 not out*, and that with a triceps niggle too – what a hero!
*In that link there is also a short interview where he talks about the pink ball and the match.