Durham v Somerset - Match Preview

Durham v Somerset - Match Preview

Somerset's Nick Compton scored a century the last time the sides met

213 days on from the day Durham lifted the County Championship at Emirates ICG, Paul Collingwood's side play their first home game of the new season on Sunday v Somerset (11am start)

The Champions nearly got off to a winning start in the defence of their title, but were thwarted by a resilient Northamptonshire side earlier this week.

The last wicket pair of Rob Newton and Azharullah batted out for the final nine overs, to deny Durham a thrilling victory at Wantage Road.

Head Coach Jon Lewis said there were a lot of positives to take from the game, and now his squad face Somerset, who also drew their opening match.

On a typically flat Taunton pitch, Marcus Trescothick's men racked up 553 in response to Yorkshire's 450, with the game ending in stalemate after 71 overs of Yorkshire's second innings.

Somerset endured an indifferent 2013 and will hope for better this time around.

After flirting with relegation, Trescothick's talented side eventually recovered to finish 6th. They re-shaped their coaching structure during the close season and recruited ex-Durham man Johann Myburgh. Jos Buttler, who left to join Lancashire, was the county's most notable departure.

You can follow the action with daily reports here on www.durhamccc.co.uk and receive regular updates by following our Twitter account @DurhamCricket.

Ticket details
Tickets are priced at £12 per day for adults and can be purchased on the 'Tickets and Merchandise' section of the website, or in person at the box office.

Last meeting
Thursday 6th - Sunday 9th June 2013. Match Drawn.

Somerset 1st innings 458 (Compton 166)
Durham 1st innings 493 (Stoneman 122)
Somerset 2nd innings 266-8 dec (Barrow 83*)

A word from the home camp

Jon Lewis, Durham Head Coach: "It's always a big challenge, they're a strong side - any side with people like Marcus Trescothick and Alfonso Thomas in it will always be a good side. Their batting does look pretty good at the moment so they'll be strong and will come north hoping to get a win so we'll have to be at our best"

Did you know?
Sir Ian Botham, one of Somerset's greatest ever players, played his final first class game for Durham in July 1993. Perhaps fittingly, the all rounder's last appearance came against old adversaries Australia. Botham bowled his final over to David Boon, who went on to captain Durham between 1997-99. The match, played at Durham University, was drawn.

Team News
Jon Lewis has named the same squad for the third match in a row. Ben Stokes (wrist) remains sidelined, whilst Mark Wood (side strain) is nearing a return and is likely to play for the second team on Monday.

Durham squad:
Paul Collingwood (5) *
Phil Mustard (19) +
Mark Stoneman (26)
Keaton Jennings (1)
Scott Borthwick (16)
Micahel Richardson (18)
Gareth Breese (70)
Gordon Muchall (24)
Usman Arshad (78)
Paul Coughlin (29)
Jamie Harrison (13)
Chris Rushworth (22)
Graham Onions (9)

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