Durham v Sussex - Match Preview

Durham v Sussex - Match Preview

Durham are searching for a second win of the season against Sussex (photo: Ian Horrocks)

Durham will look to build on their first win of the LV=County Championship season when they host Sussex at Emirates Durham ICG on Sunday (11am start).

The two sides look to be evenly matched and sit close to each other in the Division One standings following their most recent results.

A thrilling 27-run victory for Paul Collingwood's men over Lancashire means that Durham are 7th with 91 points from eight matches.

Opponents Sussex have played a game more and occupy 6th spot with 98 points after they drew with Yorkshire at Arundel.

In the reverse fixture, a rain affected contest ended in a draw with the game at Hove largely remembered for a sensational farewell innings from Kumar Sangakkara.

The legendary Sri Lankan batsman signed off with a majestic 159, after centuries from Luke Wright and Ben Brown had punished an injury-hit Durham attack earlier in the contest.

Graham Onions and Usman Arshad both had to leave the field during the game, and although Arshad is nearing full fitness, Onions is still nursing a back problem.

Since the two sides met in May, Sussex have drafted in England spinner James Tredwell, who has arrived on loan from Kent. Steve Magoffin (37 wickets) and Ed Joyce (667 runs) are the men in form that Durham will have to watch out for.

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
Sunday 11th - Wednesday 14th May 2014 - Match drawn

Sussex 1st innings 505-9 declared (Wright 189, Brown 163)
Durham 1st innings 451-7 (Sangakkara 159, Borthwick 84, Collingwood 74)

A word from the home camp

Paul Collingwood, Durham captain: "We sensed that the first victory was just around the corner and if we keep applying the same skills and having the same determination I think we're going to put teams under pressure now.

"I think our batting in the last two months has been getting better and better. Mark Stoneman at the top of the order has been sensational for us and Scotty Borthwick is timing the ball as well as ever. You can go all the way down and somebody has contributed at the right time. So we've just got to make sure we find ways to take 20 wickets on this surface again"

Did you know?
Ex-Sussex captain James Lillywhite Jnr captained England in the first ever Test match, against Australia at the MCG in March 1877. He also set a club record by appearing in every fixture between 1862 and 1881.

Team News
Graham Onions had an injection in his back earlier this week but he won't feature against Sussex, while Jamie Harrison and Mark Wood are also sidelined. Gavin Main has been recalled to the squad after impressive performances for the 2nd XI.

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
Paul Coughlin 29
Chris Rushworth 22
Gavin Main 20
Ryan Buckley 4

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