Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Winning Formula Is Close, Says Dale; Benkenstein Upbeat on Durham's Notts Chances

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Winning Formula Is Close, Says Dale; Benkenstein Upbeat on Durham's Notts Chances

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IN the uncertain world of 20-over cricket, Dale Benkenstein admits it "might not always happen" for Durham. What is more, he confesses, it might not happen tonight, writes STEVE BROWN.

But as the Dynamos take on Friends Life t20 North Group leaders Nottinghamshire Outlaws for the second time in three days, the Zimbabwean-born captain insists his side are nearing the consistent formula they have craved for so long.

Slow to take to the shortest form of the game, Durham have targeted 160-plus totals and the bowling quality to defend them. As slowly, they are getting there, and took great confidence from Tuesday's Emirates ICG victory over Notts, to the extent that Benkenstein is upbeat about repeating the feat at Trent Bridge this evening.

Furthermore, with tomorrow night's trip to Leicestershire Foxes to follow, he believes back-to-back wins will elevate the Dynamos into an "incredibly strong position", and propel them a long way towards the competition's semi-finals.

"Going into Tuesday's game we'd not had the best of things," Benkenstein said.

"We'd lost our first game but then started playing some good cricket without always getting over the line, as well as the weather getting the better of us.

"So it was nice against Notts to get the result we've probably deserved previously.

It's given us the confidence to believe that we're doing OK, and that in turn builds confidence even further.

"This is a hell of a long competition, and you want to win every game but that's not realistic.

"You just have to work on a formula or pattern that over time gets you more wins than defeats. That's what we're trying to do and we seem to be getting closer. "There's such a high degree of uncertainty in t20 cricket. It's a hard game to analyse, it changes from opposition to opposition. In four-day cricket I'm more confident that by playing good cricket, by playing well, we'll win. …

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