Durham v Middlesex - Match Preview

Durham v Middlesex - Match Preview

Scott Borthwick is back in the squad after missing the game with Nottinghamshire

Durham (7th, 56 points) host table toppers Middlesex (1st, 95 points) at Emirates Durham ICG on Sunday (11am start)

Both teams were left frustrated by the bad weather that blighted Championship fixtures up and down the country earlier this week.

Over half of Durham's game at Nottinghamshire was washed out by rain, whilst Middlesex's clash with Sussex was abandoned without a ball being bowled.

The result at Trent Bridge keeps Durham in seventh place, with five draws from six games.

Gordon Muchall was the star turn in Nottingham with a magnificent unbeaten 158.

Muchall top scored once more when the sides met again on Friday night in the NatWest T20 Blast, as the Jets picked up a dramatic three run win.

That victory should give the team a sizeable boost, along with the arrival of overseas player John Hastings, who jetted in on Saturday after his spell in the IPL came to an end.

Hastings looks set to take on fellow Australian and good friend Chris Rogers, as Middlesex's experienced captain brings his side to the North East.

Rogers is the leading scorer in Division One this season, and his 591 runs have helped the men from Lords start 2014 in fine form.

Middlesex lead the way at the top of the table, with a 15 point advantage over second placed Somerset thanks to four victories from their opening seven matches.

We'll have daily reports from the match here on durhamccc.co.uk and you can also receive regular updates by following our Twitter account @DurhamCricket

Ticket details
Tickets are available from the gate at a cost of £15 for Adults and £5 for Juniors.

Last County Championship meeting
Friday 2nd - Monday 5th August 2013 - Middlesex won by 6 wickets

Durham 1st innings 143 all out
Middlesex 1st innings 168 all out (Onions 7-62)
Durham 2nd innings 171 all out (Stokes 51)
Middlesex 2nd innings 147-4

A word from the home camp
Jon Lewis, Durham Head Coach: "They're top of the table, in a decent bit of form. They'll be confident when they get here so we'll be expecting decent competition. Although we haven't got any wins yet this year, we haven't played too badly. We're beginning to come together in batting and bowling, and I think John (Hastings) will help us as well"

Did you know?

Durham's overseas player John Hastings is a qualified PE Teacher, who excelled at rugby before concentrating on cricket.

Team News

John Hastings is in line for his Durham debut and Scott Borthwick (finger) returns to the squad. Jamie Harrison (knee) misses out, along with Graham Onions (back).

Durham squad:
Keaton Jennings 1
Mark Stoneman 23
Scott Borthwick 16
Michael Richardson 18
Ben Stokes 38
Paul Collingwood 5 *
Gordon Muchall 24
Phil Mustard 19 +
John Hastings 2
Usman Arshad 78
Mark Wood 33
Chris Rushworth 22
Gareth Breese 70

Middlesex Squad:
Chris Rogers *
Joe Denly
Neil Dexter
Steven Finn
James Harris
Dawid Malan
Tim Murtagh
Ravi Patel
Ollie Rayner
Sam Robson
Toby Roland-Jones
John Simpson+
Paul Stirling

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