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17th May 2011

Durham CCC team news v Worcester

Durham CCC travel to New Road to take on Worcestershire in the LV= County Championship this week and Head Coach Geoff Cook has named a thirteen man squad for the fixture.

Stephen Harmison is set to return to the four day set up having recovered from fracturing his forearm in the opening game of the season against Hampshire at The Rose Bowl.

After being rested from this weekend’s Clydesdale Bank 40 fixtures, Michael Di Venuto (leg) and Ian Blackwell (back) are included having overcome their respective niggles.

Ruel Brathwaite is selected in favour of Mitchell Claydon and Gareth Breese travels as a third spin option.  Durham Academy product, Sunderland born Ben Raine, 19 (LHB, RMF) makes up the thirteen man squad and if selected would be making his first class debut.

MJ Di Venuto (23)
WR Smith (2)
GJ Muchall (24)
BA Stokes (38)
DM Benkenstein (44)
ID Blackwell (37)
P Mustard (19) +*
SG Borthwick (16)
CD Thorp (36)
SJ Harmison (10)
RMR Brathwaite (8)
GR Breese (70)
BA Raine 

Liam Plunkett (quad) – Begun cricket training and will build up intensity over the next two weeks. Ready for t20 campaign.

Mark Stoneman (hand) – Playing 2XI cricket this week at Emirates Durham ICG.

Mark Davies (foot) –  Continuing rehabilitation and will hopefully start running at the end of this week.