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19th June 2009

Cook: A great team effort gave us the edge

Head Coach Geoff Cook gives us his thoughts on the match…..

“It was perhaps one of Durham’s best victories in terms of the conditions we had to play in, it was a wicket that had been prepared for their spinners, there were some outstanding individual performances amongst a real team effort. 

“Obviously getting the wicket and enabling the follow on was a crucial moment but then we still had to bowl them out in two sessions so that was going to be a huge ask of the bowlers.  I think the opening spell from Harmison and Onions of ten overs was some of the finest new ball bowling you could wish to see.  We just didn’t let them off the hook and managed to pick up one wicket in that spell and then another one pretty soon after.  They kept the squeeze on them all the time and didn’t allow them free runs.  It was a really excellent, well organised effort. 

“It was lucky that we had someone like Blackwell to come on, left-arm over the wicket, and bowl into a little bit of rough, and that’s difficult to score off.  Probably Warwickshire found themselves in one of those situations where they didn’t know whether to stick or twist and we just managed to pick up the wickets at the other end.  Onions was absolutely brilliant today, as was Harmison yesterday.  We have said for a year or two that the team, the seam bowlers especially, have an amazing competitive spirit.  Through selection we were down to two seamers after an injury and they were absolutely outstanding.  They are a really good compliment to each other. 

“If you think back on the first three games we could have easily picked up two victories in those games so these performances haven’t been out of the blue, two resounding victories and a really hard fought victory here against Warwickshire.  They are a strong batting team, they were confident at being able to bat long periods on their own surface but the aggression and control of our two seamers has been tremendous”, said Cook.

Durham’s victory takes them to the top of the division one table but Cook is keen not to get too carried away, “The top of the table is where we stand now but there is still an awful lot of cricket to play.  We need these victories, the likelihood is that Onions and Harmison will be away, either together or separately, so we need those victories at this time of year to act as a bit of a buffer for moving into the times of the year when we don’t have them, hopefully people like Plunkett and Davies will be back and there will be numerical reinforcements”, he added.