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2nd November 2009

Second Eleven Report 2009

While winning matches will always be important, the development of future Durham first team players is the priority. With this in mind, selection for the team is often made with the intention of giving young players opportunities in pressure situations and this can best be achieved by resting some senior players who might otherwise dominate games at this level.

Despite this policy the team still produced some good results and performances. In the three day competition the weather blighted many games and we were not able to force enough wins to top the North group and reach the final of the competition. Five of the nine games ended in draws and the only defeat came in the last game of the season with both teams pushing for a victory that would take them to the top of the group.

There were several stand out performances through the year. With the bat Will Gidman and Paul Muchall showed excellent consistency. Kyle Coetzer and Gordon Muchall both excelled in their limited appearances and Ben Stokes played some outstanding innings’. Chris Rushworth was the leading wicket taker while Luke Evans continued to push for more First team opportunities. Scott Borthwick often shouldered the responsibility of senior spinner and this allowed him to bowl significantly more overs than in previous years which benefited him immensely. 

The one day season can also be considered a success despite not quite being able to reach the semi-finals. Due to our share of rain and one poor batting performance against Warwickshire we ended third in the North group and just failed to make the knock-out stages of the competition. The season did have some high points, notably when chasing over 300 to beat Derbyshire with Gordon Muchall taking the side home with an unbeaten century.

The team also played well in close finishes against Glamorgan and MCC Young Cricketers, coming out on top on both occasions. The character shown by the players in these tight finishes bodes well for future Durham one-day teams.
Finally I would like to take this opportunity to thank our scorer, Richie Hilton and our physio, Susan Coates for the outstanding support they give the team throughout the season.

Jon Lewis
Assistant Coach