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12th September 2009

We are the Champions!

It’s been a fantastic season so far and with the team aiming to remain unbeaten the next two away games should offer some more exciting cricket.

Captain Will Smith has said that today was ‘the proudest moment of his life’. 

Head Coach Geoff Cook hailed Durham’s second successive LV= County Championship title.

“There’s greater satisfaction in many respects because to repeat a victory is harder than doing it for the first time.   The way the team has played has been absolutely outstanding to win the trophy with two games to go. It speaks volumes for the level of cricket they have played.”

“To finish things off in such a competitive way against Notts, who are the second-best team in the league, in front of 3-4,000 people here was brilliant,” he said.

“The belief within the team is growing,” added Cook. “We have been lucky we have had injections from individuals at various stages.

“Graham [Onions] started the season brilliantly, Stephen [Harmison] took up the mantle and we had an injection from [David] Warner in Twenty20 cricket, which ultimately wasn’t successful but kept us moving because we started to win some one-day matches. 

“[Shivnarine] Chanderpaul has then come in at the end and that has kept us moving at a greater rate than if the squad was settled all the time.” 

Email us your favourite moments of the 2009 season and we’ll feature them on the website – marcoms@durhamccc.co.uk