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11th March 2008

Pre Season Tour Schedule 2008

The team, along with Head Coach Geoff Cook, will spend ten days at The High Performance Centre at the University of Pretoria where they will train and play four one day games.  Two matches will be played against Johannesburg University and the other two games will see Durham face Highveld Lions, where Liam Plunkett and Stephen Harmison both spent some time in the winter months.

Durham Captain Dale Benkenstein will join up with the team on their arrival in South Africa.  Paul Collingwood, Stephen Harmison and Phil Mustard will miss the tour due to England commitments.  Michael Di Venuto is scheduled to arrive at Riverside on 7 April, and will therefore not be included in the tour.  Overseas player Neil McKenzie will arrive in time for Durham’s first match of the season when they face Yorkshire Carnegie at Riverside on Sunday 20 April.

Upon their return to the UK the team will face Yorkshire CCC in two one day matches at Headingley Carnegie on Thursday 10 April and Friday 11 April.

Durham County Cricket Club Head Coach, Geoff Cook, said “Our pre season preparation is massively important and will definitely stand us in good stead for the start of the season.  Expectations will undoubtedly be high so it’s a great opportunity for the squad to get together to discuss our aims and objectives for 2008.” 

Friday 28 March          Depart

Tuesday 1 April           Durham CCC v Johannesburg University

Thursday 3 April         Durham CCC v Johannesburg University

Saturday 5 April          Durham CCC v Highveld Lions

Monday 7 April           Durham CCC v Highveld Lions

Wednesday 9 April      Return

Thursday 10 April       Yorkshire CCC v Durham CCC at Headingley Carnegie

Friday 11 April            Yorkshire CCC v Durham CCC at Headingley Carnegie


Dale Benkenstein

Gareth Breese

Mitchell Claydon

Kyle Coetzer

Mark Davies

Luke Evans

Will Gidman

Lee Goddard

Ben Harmison

Neil Killeen

Gordon Muchall

Graham Onions

Liam Plunkett

Garry Park

Gary Scott

Will Smith

Mark Stoneman

Callum Thorp

Paul Wiseman

Geoff Cook

Alan Walker

Jon Lewis

Mike King (Fitness)

Nigel Kent