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14th April 2021 Match Previews

Will Young in line to make Durham debut

Will Young is in line to make his Durham first-class debut tomorrow as Durham take on Essex at The Cloudfm County Ground. 

The New Zealand international batsman arrived in the North East last week and completed his quarantine on earlier this week, before training with the Durham squad yesterday.

Him and the rest of the squad headed South this morning ahead of Durham’s second County Championship match of the season, which commences at 11am tomorrow.

Tomorrow’s clash against Essex will be the first time Durham have played Essex for 10 years in red-ball cricket, with the last contest taking place on September 7 2010, as Durham drew the game in Chelmsford. A match in which both Scott Borthwick and Chris Rushworth featured in.

Michael Jones is the only change from last weeks Nottinghamshire squad, with Will Young coming in to the 13. Jones has been in action for the Seconds this week, against Essex at Billericay Cricket Club.

Squad v Essex (15-18 April)

Scott Borthwick*, David Bedingham, Jack Burnham, Brydon Carse, Paul Coughlin , Ned Eckersley , Ben Raine, Chris Rushworth, Alex Lees , Stuart Poynter (wk) Matt Salisbury, Alex Thomson, Will Young

The Opposition

Coach: Anthony McGrath

Captain: Tom Westley

Last Year’s Performance: Winners

2020 Leading Runscorer: Sir Alastair Cook (563, 65.3)

2020 Leading Wicket Taker: Simon Harmer (38, 15.9)

Overseas players: Peter Siddle (Australia – full season), Simon Harmer (South Africa – full season)

Key man: Simon Harmer – Off-spinner, but no longer Kolpak, Harmer has bamboozled whatever has been placed in front of him during his first four years at Chelmsford. 250 competitive red-ball wickets for Essex and counting…

Flies under the radar: Adam Wheater – Finally seems to have fully emerged from James Foster’s shadow, with valuable contributions with bat – where he topped the club averages last year – and gloves in 2020.

Best Player Under 24: Sam Cook – A crucial cog in the relentless Essex attack having taken 94 wickets in 26 competitive red ball matches for the county. Will fight the more experienced Porter and Siddle for the new ball.

The Season Ahead:  Essex are the team to beat, yet again, as they aim to pick up red-ball silverware for the third successive season – something not done since Yorkshire dominated the County Championship between 1966 and 1968.

Match Coverage

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 the club’s match centre.

There will also be regular updates on Twitter, with a match report and post-match reaction on the website following the conclusion of each day.

*A reminder this game is played behind closed doors.

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