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    ***The Durham CCC 2006 Season Thread***

    Durham are back playing top-flight cricket in both formats this season and it’s a very exciting season for us down at the Riverside so I thought I’d create a thread devoted to the team where I can place all my ramblings, thoughts and feelings about the upcoming season.

    The departure of Hussey is quite a blow. Part of me is happy for the chap at finally breaking into the Aussie side but there is no denying that he will be sorely missed. Gibson, Davies and Lewis should give us a bowling attack to challenge the best of batsmen in the league and with Benkenstein and Breese providing decent spin options the attack will pose a threat not to be taken lightly.

    Maher, Muchall, Benkenstein, Breese and Mustard give us a solid batting combination that will miss Hussey but I suspect will be strong enough to challenge in this division.


    My Prediction? I am very confident that Durham will not be relegated from the County Championship and I have high hopes to be honest. Between 5th and 7th is my honest, unbiased prediction. I know a few chaps at the ground who think we can push for top three but we will have to wait and see. What I am confident of is that we will prove all of those doubters wrong who have us pencilled in for relegation and the bookies who have us as rank outsiders for the title. To be honest this is the league I care about most but of course the 40-over league is important to me as well. I can‘t see us being relegated but then again I do predict a finish closer to the bottom than the top. A good run in the Cup as well will please me.

    I will be attending all home games and have made arrangements to attend quite a few away games this season and the first trip the Riverside is tomorrow for a 2 one day matches against Scotland.

    I await the new season with great anticipation
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    Durham v Scotland – 2 One Day Games – April 13th and 14th

    The season for me starts tomorrow as Scotland cross the border for what should be an interesting and enjoyable friendly.

    There are still places open in the side for the upcoming season and the next two days provides a chance for some of those fringe players to cement places in the side for the opening games of the season. I know a lot of people dismiss friendlies as inconsequential strolls but quite a few players have a lot to play for over the next two days. Some good performances may just get certain players in the team fro the opening games. Plus we might get our first look at Ottis Gibson who I hope is playing tomorrow and if he is still on the form he has been over the last few years he will be vital to us this season.

    I should have mentioned Ben Harmison earlier. He was supposed to have had an amazing tour of Dubai and all word coming out of the camp, the club and even his brother Steve is saying that this could well be his year to shine and there have also been a few hints that he is ready for a call up to the England side. Of course for that he needs a good season and whilst there is so much potential in him and he has shown at times he has what it takes to be a top class player, he needs to do a lot more in the top flight and have a great season to cement these claims. The best thing is he still has time on his side so he is under little pressure this year and any extended run he gets in the team will be down to his own hard work and performances. Durham are giving him time and hopefully he will repay us. If he plays well tomorrow he could well earn his place in the starting sides.

    By my predictions Ben has to compete with Pratt, Scott, Jon Lewis, Onions, Coetzer and Bridge for between 2 and 3 places left in the team


    To be honest I know very little about Scotland this season. There Squad for the match is The chosen squad is Craig Wright (captain), Kasim Farid, Gavin Hamilton, Paul Hoffmann, Omer Hussain, Douglas Lockhart, Ross Lyons, Gregor Maiden, Dewald Nel, Colin Smith, Ian Stanger, Ryan Watson, Fraser Watts, Sean Weeraratna. Kasim Farid is making the step up to the first team after apparently impressing in the Under-19’s so he is one player Ill be keeping my eye on. I know Ryan Watson can be devastating at times with the ball and if he gets going Lockhart can get good scores with the bat. Watts too is a good batsmen but outside that I know little about the side.

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    Team for Tomorrow....

    Jon Lewis
    Scott
    Muchall,
    Gary Pratt
    Breese
    Mustard
    Gibson (glad he is playing)
    Bridge
    C Thorp
    M Davies
    G Onions

    Mick Lewis, Benkenstein and Maher will all be available for the 1st CC game.


    Shame young Harmison isn't playing and I think Kyle Coetzer is injured
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    Woke up today and the sun is shining bright, my sandwiches are made, the tea is in the flask and you know what.......the Cricket season final feels like its here!!!!!

    See you when I get back!


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    Quote Originally Posted by Pedro Delgado
    Ganin' doon the cricket pet man though but like.
    English?

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    Quote Originally Posted by DanielFullard
    Mick Lewis, Benkenstein and Maher will all be available for the 1st CC game.
    make sure no saffies are in the other team
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    Quote Originally Posted by 33/3from3.3
    make sure no saffies are in the other team
    Or any people who can bat.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TT Boy
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    "I'm going down to the cricket, wife".

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pedro Delgado
    "I'm going down to the cricket, wife".
    So "wife" = "pet man" ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Isolator
    So "wife" = "pet man" ?
    It's a Geordie dialect. I bet you have similar things in India, but you've got little chance of understanding it. Pet = wife, and 'man' is added to the end of every sentence.

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    It's a Geordie dialect. I bet you have similar things in India, but you've got little chance of understanding it. Pet = wife, and 'man' is added to the end of every sentence.
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    I can't believe you signed a 37 year old pace bowler!

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    Quote Originally Posted by open365
    I can't believe you signed a 37 year old pace bowler!
    The club usually pick their signings well so I have faith he will be a useful assest. Shame I didn’t get to see him bat today as the few times I have he has been a machine.

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    Well, I just returned from the friendly with Scotland and it was a good day of Cricket. Even though Durham won by 53 runs, both sides can take positives out of the match.

    Durham batted first and notched up a very impressive 282-3, although made less impressive by the poor Scottish attack. I use the word attack lightly because there was virtually nothing there. Very few of the Scottish bowlers posed any threat at all. Dewald Nel looked about the best on the day, although the solid all rounder RR Watson but on a good effort. Captain and usual top-man Craig Wright had an inconsistent day with the ball, one over he was having a maiden the next he was giving away 16. It was that sort of day. Sean Weeraratna was terrible, just terrible and after a promising start young spinner Ross Lyons was batted off the pitch.

    Durham batsmen had a solid opening reaching 50 by the end of ten overs. Things died off though and they only got 21 from the next 10 overs which given the poor bowling is a cause for concern. But after about the 25th over they attacked and simply went for it and there was little the Scots could do. There were plenty of overs in the double figures, plenty close to 20 and overall once that rough patch of the 10th to the 23rd over was passed it was a good display.

    Gary Pratt notched up an unbeaten century with some very impressive batting and he looks to have really benefited from his time in India at the cricket academy. Jon Lewis and youngster, promising youngster should I say, Gary Scott opened the batting scoring 40 and 30 respectively but I’m not sure either would be in my first choice team for the limited overs game as they simply don’t score often enough. Here was a perfect example today. The drab period of 27 runs in 13 overs was largely to do with their excessive caution and failure to punish bad-bolwing. Muchall did a great job with a 61 before being run out and Mustard was going nicely on 31 as the innings came to an end. At 282 I didn’t see the Scots coming back and even though they didn’t, they sure did surprise me.

    Douglas Lockhart has impressed me every time I have seen him and he hit a very strong and confident looking 102 with some nice strokeplay and plenty of boundaries. He racked up a great partnership with the equally impressive Ian Stanger (61) and they got a partnership of 143 before loosing the first wicket. At this point Scotland were well ahead of Durham but the late surge from Durham with the constant double figure overs made a Scottish win always against the odds. But after the impressive display of the openers the team collapsed and if I was a Scottish fan Id be worried about the quality of bastmen. Wicketkeeper Colin Smith got a decent 27 but that’s the only other innings worth mentioning. Durham were not bowling well at all either and with the usually solid all rounder Ryan Watson going for a duck, skilled captain Colin Wright going for a mere 9, for some reason putting himself in in the tailend, and batsmen like Fraser Watts reaching only 11 and Omar Hussain (0) and Kasim Farid (1) making no mark on the game when needed the Scots lacked bite and the promising start was wasted by the collapse of the wickets and in the end the visitors scored a respectable 229 all out from just over 49 overs.


    I think Scotland might actually surprise a few people this season. Watson and Wright had off days today and I for one know they can bat well and if Gavin Hamilton can play more often and Lockhart and Stanger can play this well then they might just surprise a few teams in the Cup but in all honesty when it comes to bowling they lack strength in depth. Wright on his day can be marvellous as can Watson and they do have Hoffman and Hamilton to call upon but any time they have to rely on the likes of Weerenta and Lyons they are in trouble.

    Durham bowling was nothing special. Our new boy Ottis Gibson bowled 6 overs to kick things off but never came back to compete and really didn’t make a mark. He looked awfully fast though and hopefully at the rip age of 37 he can give us a good two years. At 18 in his 6 overs I can’t complain though. Calum Thorp, who has a lot to prove had a good day taking two wickets and generally keeping runs against him low. Ill add up the figures from my scorecard later, or see if I can find them online, but his economy will be under 3. Mark Davies was very costly and simply looked off his game today and even though he got a wicket he was very costly and looked a limp version of the Davies we know. Bridge had a good day of sorts, although he Scott and Breese were at times heavily punished by the batsmen, Bridge managed to take two wickets from two balls and will have a pretty good economy for the day. Gary Scott doesn’t appear to be a bowler of first-class standard but he gave his all and even though he was costly, despite taking a wicket, there was no harm in trying him out as the game was won by that point bar a miracle from Scotland.

    But the bowling man of the match for Durham must go to Graham Onions and when playing this well they can’t afford to leave him out the first team. He was the ma slowing the run rates down when he Scots were desperate to raise them and his figures for today will be impressive when I work them out.

    Overall the sun was shining and the 200-300 people at the ground will have had a nice and enjoyable day of good cricket with plenty of runs and a win for the home side. I am not going to read too much into the result other than reiterate my point that other than Onions, neither side bowled that well and the Scottish attack seems very limp. Pratt I don’t think was a cert for the first team but may have played himself in with that but Muchall looked good too. It will be interesting to see what team we go with in the opening games.

    And boy is it good to have Cricket back!

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