Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Cricket: Tough Choices for Durham Fans

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Cricket: Tough Choices for Durham Fans

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Byline: JEFF BOWRON

DURHAM fans will have a difficult choice to make this year when they vote on the Riversiders' top performer in what has been a memorable and historic season, (writes JEFF BOWRON).

Durham started today's LV County Championship match against Worcestershire at Chester-le-Street still in with a chance of lifting the First Division title for the first time.

Geoff Cook's side secured their first major piece of silverware when they beat Hampshire by 125 runs in the Friends Provident Trophy final at Lord's earlier this month.

The Riversiders are also top of the NatWest Pro40 second tier, with just the bottom two to play, and are favourites to be crowned Second Division champions.

Two trophies out of four - only the Twenty20 Cup campaign has been a disappointment - would be a fine achievement, and if the Championship was also clinched then Durham would claim an impressive treble.

However, without leading world stars Steve Harmison and Shiv Chanderpaul it will be tough for Durham to take the ultimate prize.

Chanderpaul was set to play his last game for Durham in this week's Championship game against bottom club

Worcestershire after a short but successful period in the North East.

Even without experienced performers Harmison and Chanderpaul (below), Durham have several big guns and four are in the frame to be named Player of the Year.

Flavour of the month Phil Mustard is an obvious contender, having established himself as the leading one-day batsman in the country.

Mustard was the leading run-maker in this year's Friends Provident Trophy, accumulating 484 runs at an average of 44, and he's also top dog in the NatWest Pro40 league. The 24-year-old all-rounder has plundered 344 runs from six innings, 188 runs more than nearest rival Rob Key, at an impressive average of 68.

The Colonel has also emerged as one of the country's top wicketkeepers and must surely be on the verge of England one-day international honours. …

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