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12th July 2009

Cook: We aren’t without a chance

Head Coach Geoff Cook watched the action from the boundary and thinks that there is still potential for Durham to go out on day three and give themselves a chance of victory.

“There is still a lot of work to do.  Yorkshire have probably had the better of the two days.  We were a bit disappointed with the way we batted on Friday but having said that we haven’t played too many bad days in four day cricket this year so there’s no point going overboard on that.

“Saturday was a fascinating day’s cricket, a few early wickets got us in with a chance of parity in the first innings and then some good batting lower down the order as well as a marathon knock from Gale and a combination of those gave them a chance.  As we stand now we aren’t without a chance, we have to play pretty well with the bat, any sort of lead, on a wicket that is starting to deteriorate is going to be a cracking match.

“Games between Durham and Yorkshire in the two years I’ve been in this role have all been cracking matches, hard fought cricket, and this has been no different to those.

“We’ve got to play well we’re just over a hundred behind, nine wickets left, we’ve got some batsmen capable of scoring well in these conditions so that’s our aim when we turn up on day three”, said Cook.