Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Cricket: Colonel Is Not Worried over Warne; Durham Skipper Benkenstein Confident His Side Can Rise to Trophy Final Challenge

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Cricket: Colonel Is Not Worried over Warne; Durham Skipper Benkenstein Confident His Side Can Rise to Trophy Final Challenge

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Byline: JEFF BOWRON

EBULLIENT Durham wicket-keeper Phil Mustard has discounted the threat of Australian spin king Shane Warne on the eve of Durham's first Lord's final, (writes JEFF BOWRON).

Mustard, Durham's leading one-day runmaker this summer with over 500 runs, does not believe the legendary Warne should be feared.

The man they call the Colonel said: "I don't think Warne will be a big player because it will be a brand new pitch, and I can't see there being much turn at Lord's.

"Pietersen (pictured below) may be different as you don't know what he might come out with, but we're not concerned as we have better players than him.

"He may have got a hundred in the Test last week, but tomorrow is a different game when he will be playing for his county.

"I think he'll relax more and he might give us more chances than he did in the Test-but you'll always get a chance with Pietersen."

The straight-talking Mustard also rubbished claims from Hampshire's Shaun Udal that Durham's lack of cup final experience would count against them.

"Who cares what he thinks," said Mustard. "We've got a better team on paper than Hampshire, with six or seven guys who have played international cricket, and we've got the upper hand."

Mustard acknowledges that the occasion will be extra special for the home-produced players in the Durham side. …

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