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24th July 2023 Match Previews

Unchanged 13 named as we head to Scarborough to face Yorkshire

The LV=Insurance County Championship continues to come thick and fast as Durham are back on the road tomorrow to face our closest rivals Yorkshire at Scarborough Cricket Club’s North Marine Road.

Head Coach Ryan Campbell has named an unchanged 13 player squad in contention to face Yorkshire, in Durham’s final round of red ball action before the Metro Bank One-Day cup starts next week.

Having secured 12 points in a rain affected clash with Derbyshire last time out, Durham remain well set at the top of the Division 2 table with a 54-point lead over second place Sussex.

Durham last faced Yorkshire in the County Championship back in May in a thrilling final day encounter with Durham pipping Yorkshire by just 1 wicket in Chester le Street, since then Durham have claimed a further 3 wins having enjoyed 5 County Championship victories so far this term.

Yorkshire currently sit in 6th place in Division 2 with one win which came against Derbyshire at Chesterfield in June, the White Rose have 91 points, having drawn 6 and lost 2.

Ben Raine and Matthew Potts are leading the way at the top of the Division 2 bowling ranks; with 44 wickets Ben Raine is the leading wicket taker in the country while Potts with 42 is one behind in second place.

Alex Lees became the first player in the Country to reach 1,000 first-class runs, his 171 against Derbyshire saw him win the race as he now sits on 1087 and the leading run scorer in both divisions.

Words from Ryan Campbell

“Unfortunately rain has come everywhere in England but I guess we look at our game plan and we are probably a little bit disappointed  how we bowled on that first day but I thought we hung in there really well against Derbyshire.

“Our batting under extreme pressure at 8 for 2, two blokes really stood up and I think it’s the sixth time we’ve got maximum batting points which is a real feather in the cap of this batting side.
“So we walk away pretty confident of how we’re playing and we head to Scarborough really looking forward to taking on our nearest rival Yorkshire.
“This team is hungry to win and I think it’s well documented that I hate draws and we’re not going to go into our shells, we want to keep pushing for results and we’re going to look at ways of winning so these last four games should be lots of fun.
“This team from where we were to where we want to get, I think it’s been an exciting journey so far and we’ve still got areas we want to improve on and get better at. Our fielding has been a little bit down from what we expect in the last couple of games so we need to be a better cricket team if we want to get promoted and then be really good in the First Division so it’s not just about this year but the next couple of years and how we go about our cricket.”

Squad v Yorkshire [25-28 July]

David Bedingham, Scott Borthwick*, Brydon Carse, Graham Clark, Bas de Leede, George Drissell, Michael Jones, Alex Lees, Matt Parkinson, Migael Pretorius, Matthew Potts, Ben Raine, Ollie Robinson +,

Match Centre

The Club’s match centre will be in operation for the fixture with live scorecards, statistics & video highlights as they happen. You can watch the game live via Durham’s match centre and Yorkshire’s YouTube channel. Durham Cricket will have full coverage on social media, with a full match report at the close.



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