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17th September 2009

Borthwick handed representative cap to mark debut

“It’s definitely been worth the wait, I’ve waited a long time, I’ve been in the four day squad quite a few times this year but now I’ve finally got my chance.  The NatWest Pro40 competition gave me good experience of being in the first team and being around the lads has definitely made it easier coming in to play in my first match in the Championship. 

“It’s been very different to second team cricket, the standard is much better, if you bowl a bad ball it gets punished, sometimes in the second XI you can sometimes get away with it. It was a really tough day today, a really flat deck playing against good players.

“There are a lot of footholds there, the ball did spin, it definitely turned in the second half of the day it would be great if we can get those four wickets early tomorrow, get them back in and try and win the game”, said Borthwick.

Scott finished the day with 22 overs under his belt having taken 3-71, claiming his first wicket just before the lunch break.

“I was over the moon, to get it before lunch was a good feeling, it felt great, as it would in any competition.  It’s a dream, getting your first wicket in the County Championship.  I’ve had great support from the team and they’ve given me a lot of confidence.

“I think I was a bit inconsistent, my first five or six overs went well but I went through a bit of a bad spell in the middle but definitely got better towards the end.  It was a bit patchy but I was happy with my overall performance.  To get 26 was ok, I had a nice little partnership with Will on the second day, and I think I’ve put in a good all round performance”, Borthwick added.

Sunderland born Borthwick is a product of the Durham Academy and joined the full time professional staff for the 2009 season.