Durham v Nottinghamshire - Match Preview

Durham v Nottinghamshire - Match Preview

Gordon Muchall scored an unbeaten 158 in the rain-affected game at Trent Bridge

Durham return to LV=County Championship action on Sunday when they entertain Nottinghamshire at Emirates Durham ICG (11am start)

Jon Lewis' side haven't played any championship cricket at home for 47 days, with the last match ending in a disappointing innings defeat to Warwickshire.

A much-improved performance at Lancashire followed but it wasn't quite enough to secure a win, as the hosts squeezed home by one wicket with just two balls remaining in the match.

Since that result, Durham have beaten Yorkshire Vikings in the quarter-finals of the Royal London One-Day Cup so go into the game against their semi-final opponents, Nottinghamshire, on a high.  

Mick Newell's men have won their last two championship matches and are just six points behind league leaders Yorkshire with three games remaining.

Alex Hales and Harry Gurney won't feature at Chester-le-Street as the pair are away on international duty with England. Seamer Andre Adams is injured so England Under 19 star Luke Wood is included in the Nottinghamshire squad.

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

Ticket details
Tickets are available from the gate at a cost of £!5 for adults and £5 for juniors.

Last County Championship meeting
Sunday 25th - Wednesday 28th May 2014 - Match drawn

Nottinghamshire 1st innings 377 (Patel 99, Taylor 88, Read 59*)
Durham 1st innings 335-4 (Muchall 158*, Stokes 61)

A word from both camps
John Lewis, Durham Head Coach: "We've got four big games in the county championship to come. It wasn't a bad time for us to have a break (after the Lancashire defeat). For us to have gone into a game straight after that would have been tough because it was a tough hit so we did get a chance to get away and just relax the bodies but clear the minds as well"

Mick Newell, Nottinghamshire Head Coach: “Durham aren’t tearing up any trees in the championship but they’re not losing many games either. They’ll have an older and more experienced side than us with Paul Collingwood in good touch. We have to try to get into a position to put them under pressure and to make sure that we get to the Yorkshire game in firm contention.”

Did you know?
Nottinghamshire's Trent Bridge ground boasts the honour of hosting the first match of the first five-match test series to take place in England in 1899. It was the great W.G. Grace's final game - the former Gloucestershire batsman was 50 years and 320 days old when the match against Australia finished.

Team news
Durham are without all-rounder Ben Stokes, who is away on international duty. Graham Onions, Jamie Harrison and Usman Arshad are all sidelined due to injury but Irish International seamer Peter Chase is included in a championship squad for the second game in succession.

Durham Squad
5.   Paul Collingwood*
19. Phil Mustard+
23. Mark Stoneman
1.   Keaton Jennings
16. Scott Borthwick
18. Michael Richardson
14. Calum MacLeod
24. Gordon Muchall
29. Paul Coughlin
2.   John Hastings
22. Chris Rushworth
Peter Chase
 

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