Lewis Latest: Big Week Ahead

Lewis Latest: Big Week Ahead

Jon Lewis pictured with Ryan Pringle, who hit 72 for the 2nd XI on Monday

Durham Head Coach Jon Lewis believes his side face a "big week" in their season starting with the visit of Nottinghamshire Outlaws on Tuesday.

Lewis' men host the Outlaws in their penultimate Royal London One-Day Cup Group B fixture before rounding off the campaign against Surrey on Thursday.

If Durham, currently just a point and a place outside the top four, can win both home games then a place in the quarter-finals is still attainable.

Opponents Nottinghamshire will be without the services of Alex Hales and James Taylor, who are both away on England Lions duty, which Lewis believes should help his team.

"They are a good side, they've got a strong squad and even with a couple of players away they'll still be confident and strong" Lewis told durhamccc.co.uk

"They did well in the T20 so they know what they're doing in all the one-day forms

"Tuesday will be a big game and with them being a little bit depleted with the England Lions players being away, it gives us a great opportunity

"We'll have to be at our best"

A wash-out against Middlesex Panthers means Durham's record in the competition stands at two wins from six matches.

Strong positions in games against Somerset, Kent and Sussex failed to lead to victories, which has been a source of frustration for Lewis and his players.

"We could have been played five, won five

"We've been in a dominant position in all five games, quite late in the games as well, right up to the last 10-15% of the match we've been controlling things

"But we haven't been able to put enough games away and thats why we only won two of the first five" added Durham's Head Coach.

"Fortunately, the results for other people have gone in a similar fashion. No-one has really got to grips with it and run away with it so we're still in there competing for the quarter-finals."

Victories over Nottinghamshire and Surrey this week will keep Durham in the hunt before the attention quickly shifts to red ball cricket.

After the match with Surrey on Thursday, the squad will drive across to Manchester for an important clash with Lancashire.

The LV=County Championship returns after a month-long hiatus at Emirates Old Trafford and Durham's Head Coach has urged his side to cast aside a taxing schedule and attack the game with vigour.

"It's a big week with some big games and a bit of travelling but they come thick and fast which will be tough on the players because they've had a lot of travelling in the last 10 days so it won't be easy

"We are depending on probably only 12 or 13 players for most forms of the game at the moment but they're going to have to get on with it, roll their sleeves up and get stuck in"

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