Collingwood Senses Momentum Is Building

Collingwood Senses Momentum Is Building

Durham Captain Paul Collingwood led his side to a 309 run win over Sussex

Durham captain Paul Collingwood says his side are capable of repeating their title winning surge from last season.

Collingwood's men lifted the 2013 LV=County Championship after a run of five straight victories.

The new campaign started with six draws from the opening seven games, but after narrowly edging out Lancashire, Durham comprehensively beat Sussex by 309 runs.

Those wins have propelled Durham up to fourth in the table, re-igniting hopes that the team can defend their crown.

"If we get on a roll, you never know what could happen" said Collingwood.

"With that dressing room, sometimes it's ridiculous! It kind of frightens you a bit - the amount of talent, the amount of skill that they've got in there"

"We know it (the squad) is capable of doing it"

Durham have lifted the first division title in three of the last six seasons, with success built on a core of exciting local talent.

Those young players are flourishing in an environment where the culture is centred on hard work and constant improvement.

"It's getting better and better. Mark Stoneman is becoming a better player, Scotty Borthwick is batting superbly well, Keaton Jennings making a hundred"

"You could go all the way through the team, and they all seem to be improving all the time"

"I see what they're doing in training every day, the culture that we've got in the dressing room and that to me is as important as anything that goes out in the middle"

"I'm delighted with the way the club is heading" added Collingwood.

This latest victory over Sussex was secured despite some early setbacks, as the hosts were reduced to 30-3 after deciding to bat first.

Durham were indebted to a fine century from Mark Stoneman (113) and some important contributions down the order.

John Hastings (51), Chris Rushworth (32) and Paul Coughlin (22*) all chipped in, as the team eventually posted 337 all out.

"Having the guys batting down to number 10 and 11 I think is really crucial in making valuable runs down the lower order" said Collingwood.

"When I won the toss I wasn't sure what to do to be honest, and I don't think Joycey (Ed Joyce) was as well if he'd won the toss"

"Thankfully it turned out really well"

"This was more like an old Riverside pitch which had a bit more carry in it, had a bit more pace in it. Once we got the ball swinging, we knew we were in the game massively"

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