Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Durham Fear a Lightning Strike

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Durham Fear a Lightning Strike

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Byline: By Jeff Bowron

Boosted by a superb 41-run Twenty20 Cup victory over Leicestershire on Wednesday, Durham Dynamos are looking to avoid a Lightning strike at the Riverside tonight.

The Dynamos are unchanged for their first home game in this year's revolutionary 20-over competition against Lancashire Lightning in front of a sell-out Riverside crowd.

The Northern Division of the competition is wide open with only Nottinghamshire Outlaws having a 100% record, while Leicestershire moved into second place following last night's 10-run win over Yorkshire Phoenix at Headingley.

Meanwhile, two wins from their three remaining games ( all at home ( will be enough to see Durham qualify for the quarter-finals on July 19 with the finals day at Edgbaston on August 7.

Durham finished bottom of the table in the popular competition's inaugural last summer with only one victory from their five group games.

But a narrow defeat at Nottingham and a fine win at Leicester have suggested the Dynamos can make an impression in this year's eagerly-waited short version of the game.

"It's all on the night," admitted Durham coach Martyn Moxon. "But we've been excellent in the field in the first two games and our batting was better at Leicester in midweek.

"There's still room for improvement with the bat and we need to choose the right options but we're in a solid position with three home games to come."

As a former Yorkshire batsman and coach Moxon would like nothing better than to clip Lancashire's wings at the Riverside tonight. …

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