Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Harmison Set for Old Trafford Test

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Harmison Set for Old Trafford Test

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OUT-of-favour England strike bowler Steve Harmison and rising star Scott Borthwick are in line to play in Durham's Twenty20 Northern Group clash against Lancashire Lightning at Old Trafford tonight.

Harmison did not feature in the Dynamos first three games, which included wins against Derbyshire and Leicestershire, while Borthwick has yet to make his senior debut.

The 18-year-old left-arm spinner replaces veteran slow bowler Paul Wiseman in a 13-man squad, and will play if the Dynamos decide to include two spinners.

With Old Trafford, one of Harmison's favourite grounds, traditionally having pace and bounce, the Ashington Express could make his seasonal bow in the shortest form of the game.

Younger brother Ben, also yet to feature, is in the squad, but Gordon Muchall has been left out after making 11 runs in two innings.

Will Smith, meanwhile, has blossomed since his recall to the side and is the Dynamos leading run-maker after the opening three games with an average of 33.

Smith said: "It's been good to get among the runs and I'm happy with the way it's going for me, but winning games with Durham is the priority.

"We got off to the perfect start with two wins, but came unstuck at my former club Nottinghamshire on Saturday and need to bounce back at Old Trafford."

Captain Dale Benkenstein has also been a heavy scorer in the early rounds, but the potentially explosive opening partnership of Michael Di Venuto and Phil Mustard has yet to fire.

Di Venuto has managed only five runs from three innings, including two ducks, and while Mustard has scored 62 runs in three knocks, it hasn't been with the same authority as last season.

The Colonel has been a shadow of his former self since coming back from England duty over the winter - his first experience of international cricket.

The hardhitting 25-year-old has been caught between two stools so far this summer, either uncharacteristically cautious or suicidally gung-ho, as at Trent Bridge on Saturday. …

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