MacLeod 'Confident And Comfortable' At Durham

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Calum MacLeod in action for Durham Jets (photo:Ian Horrocks)

Calum MacLeod says he is feeling "comfortable and confident" after he signed a professional contract with Durham CCC.

The Scottish International initially joined on trial during pre-season following several impressive displays for Scotland in the World Cup Qualifiers, which included an associate record score of 175 against Canada.

Durham captain Paul Collingwood, who was working as Scotland's Assistant Coach, recommended the former Warwickshire all-rounder to the county champions.

Collingwood's judgement has proved valuable, as MacLeod has scored over 200 runs for the Durham Jets since his arrival.

MacLeod has now penned a deal to keep him at Emirates Durham ICG until the end of the season. The Glasgow born star remains fully contracted to Cricket Scotland though, and will be available for all of Scotland's fixtures.

"It's nice to be full time here now. Hopefully I'll be able to have a good summer with the group" MacLeod told durhamccc.co.uk.

"I feel very comfortable. I've taken a lot of confidence from the first few games, and the confidence from the dressing room is spilling onto the pitch so hopefully over the next few games we can turn those narrow defeats into wins"

MacLeod made his Durham Jets debut against Worcestershire Rapids in mid-May and smashed an unbeaten 80 to help his new side to victory.

The 25 year old has since started in all four of the team's NatWest T20 Blast matches and is currently the Jets' leading run scorer.

"Coming in and scoring a few runs quite early on in the piece, it helped me in breaking into the first team"

"The guys have made me feel really welcome so there's no been no outside pressure apart from any pressure I've put on myself to perform"

"Sometimes you just get into a confident frame of mind where you're understanding your game and you know what you're trying to do, and it's always nice when that happens"
 
Although only used in limited overs matches so far, MacLeod is looking to feature in all forms of the game.

The 50 over Royal London One-Day cup begins in late July, and there are 12 Championship and T20 fixtures on the agenda before then.

"As the season goes on, it's about pushing for more first team spots in the one day games and the championship as well, and hopefully I can achieve that"

"With the way the batters have started this year it's going to be a tough challenge to get in"

"They've started quite well and nearly all the batters have got some good runs behind them, so it's going to be a good challenge to get enough weight of runs in the seconds to put pressure on and get your name out there"

"It should be good fun" added the 25 year old.

MacLeod has impressed with a run of consistent scores for the 2nd XI in recent weeks, and he has also led the side on a number of occasions.

2nd XI coach Alastiar Maiden has entrusted the Scot with the captaincy, and the former Warwickshire man will skipper the team again when they take on Derbyshire this week.

"It's been a good challenge" MacLeod said.

"It's something I enjoy doing, I've always enjoyed captaining"

"It keeps you in the game and adds that little bit pressure onto you in the seconds, which can also be nice to keep challenging you really"

 
You can see Calum in action in the next Durham Jets game as they face Leicestershire Foxes in the NatWest T20 Blast on Friday 20th June ! Book your tickets for the Jets game and #superherofriday now click here
 
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