Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Durham Ready to Blood Starlets; COUNTY CRICKET

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Durham Ready to Blood Starlets; COUNTY CRICKET

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DURHAM coach Geoff Cook expects a tough game against Sussex in today's Pro40 Division One clash, but still intends to blood some developing players.

Speaking ahead of the Hove clash, Cook said: "I'm confident we can take the tie with the side we are fielding. Once again it's an opportunity for some of the guys who have not had that much first team action to make their mark.

"The beauty of it is that those guys are hungry for runs and wickets, they are hungry for game time and ready to prove a point. Ben Harmison and Kyle Coetzer did that earlier in the campaign and no doubt will be keen to back those performances up."

Included in the squad are 18-year-old Ben Stokes and Scott Borthwick, 19.

YORKSHIRE suffered a dramatic reversal in fortune on day two of their Championship match at Scarborough, allowing fellow relegation strugglers Warwickshire to recover from 53 for four to 320 all out and then slumping to 100 for seven.

Warwickshire's batting revival owed much to a cleanly-struck 113 from Tim Ambrose before Sreesanth rocked the Tykes by opening up with a double-wicket maiden which sent back Jacques Rudolph and captain Anthony McGrath - and the Indian returned later for good measure to pick up two more wickets.

Rudolph cut Sreenath's first ball straight to backward-point - his second such dismissal in consecutive innings - and McGrath moved across his stumps to edge into Ambrose's gloves.

Joe Sayers and Andrew Gale put on 47 together before both fell to Naqaash Tahir, who had kept plugging away from the pavilion end with the new ball. Gale holed out to Chris Woakes at short midwicket, and Sayers pushed hard to Ian Bell at short mid-off.

Jonathan Bairstow was picked up at first slip by Frost off Carter as Yorkshire dipped to 67 for five - before Sreesanth returned to administer two further blows by getting both Shahzad and Pyrah snapped up in the slips to give him figures of 8-3-36-4. …

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