The Durham Dynamos will this Sunday begin ‘the Road to Lords’ in their opening Yorkshire Bank 40 match against Essex at the Emirates Durham International Cricket Ground.
Previously known as the Clydesdale Bank 40, the limited overs season is set to be another entertaining affair as teams from England, Scotland, Wales and Netherlands fight for the right to play in the Final at Lord’s on the 15th September.
This season sees the Dynamos in Group B alongside last year’s champions Hampshire as well as Lancashire, Derbyshire, Scotland, Surrey and their first round opponent Essex,
The Dynamos will be looking to build on last season where they had mixed results. After winning their first three matches in 2012, the side lost their next three to finish the group stage with five wins and four losses (and two games abandoned due to bad weather) which wasn’t enough to progress to the semi-final stage.
Looking forward to this summer, Durham have named a squad which includes a wealth of experienced campaigners as they aim to mimic the success of the limited overs side in the 2007 championships.
The Dynamos will once again be led by Dale Benkenstein who said he is looking forward to seeing the continued improvement of his team.
“It will be great to see how we have progressed to this season and if each player does continue to improve that little bit more, I believe that is all we need to get into the Semi Finals and Final, which is obviously where every county wants to be”, Benkenstein said.
“We have a very tough pool with obviously the champions Hampshire.
“It is just going to be how we play those big moments, those pressure moments. I think we have a team to beat anyone and we have proven that over the years and it is just how we handle those big moments in the game that will determine if we end up at the top or fighting again to get into the semi-finals.
“There will be no easy games but it is about how we play. If we can play more consistent cricket then we will find ourselves pushing for the top spots.
Benkenstein has said that key figures in Durham having a successful season this year will be opening batting duo Phil Mustard and Mark Stoneman.
Wicket-keeper batsman Phil Mustard, who last year took out the Clydesdale Bank40 Player of the Year, made 475 runs last season which included three centuries (one of only three players to do so) and also had 16 dismissals behind the stumps.
It was only yesterday in the final stages of Durham’s LV=Championship match against Nottinghamshire Mustard showed just why he is such a dangerous player.
With Durham requiring a mammoth 183 in the last hour and a half Mustard stole the match from Nottinghamshire on his way to 74 from 54, an innings which included seven boundaries and two sixes. Mark Stoneman also gave Dynamos fans a taste of what he can produce in limited overs cricket with 69 from 46 balls.
The team will also have an extra reason to secure victory over Essex after the fixture was confirmed as their teammate Stephen Harmison’s Benefit match.
Harmison, who is Durham County Cricket Club’s beneficiary for 2013 in recognition of his contribution to the county, memorably took the winning wickets of the County Championship winning campaigns in 2008 and 2009.
For those people that would like to show their appreciation, Stephen’s Benefit Committee will be fundraising at the game for their two chosen charities – The Sir Bobby Robson Foundation and The PCA Benevolent Fund.
Durham Dynamos Team vs Essex
The match gets underway this Sunday May 5th at 1.45pm at Emirates Durham International Cricket Ground.
Advance Bookings: £12 Adults | £5 Juniors
On the Day Prices: £15 Adults | £5 Juniors
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