Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Davies' Durham Future Is Doubtful

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Davies' Durham Future Is Doubtful

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Byline: Stuart Rayner

MARK Davies may have played his last game for Durham, but the Riversiders are hopeful Stephen Harmison has not.

The 30-year-old seamer (pictured below) has 12 months left on his contract, but talks were ongoing yesterday as to whether it should be cancelled.

Statistically speaking, Davies is one of the county circuit's best bowlers, but he played 15 first class matches in the last three years, none in the season which finished yesterday with victory over Worcestershire.

At its start, no county bowler had taken more than 100 wickets at a lower average than his 22.63.

"We'll take medical advice," coach Geoff Cook revealed. "He went for scans on Wednesday night and the medical people are waiting to speak to our medical people.

"He's got an amazing strike-rate but over the last three or four years his contributions have been less and less.

"It's the ankle injury he did in pre-season.

"He'd had it before. It's tough, but that's sport. We hope we hear something positive.

"We're waiting for some indication if he's ready to come back and play any cricket at all. He's very much in the hands of the medical team."

Davies' last Durham appearance was a Second XI Championship game against Worcestershire, which finished on July 17. He bowled 18 overs and took a wicket. His last first-team match was against Notts - for whom he played once on loan in 2007 - in the Championship on August 31, 2010. He was called into England's Test squad as cover for injuries in 2009. He was injured in the warm-up for a friendly with Sri Lanka A, twisting his ankle after treading on a football. Durham said he should be back for their next Championship game, against Nottinghamshire six days later, but he has not played since. In the meantime, Durham have released his brother, all-rounder Ben, a decision Harmison junior is understood to be taking legal advice over. Questions have been raised about whether Stephen's Chester-le-Street career will end too. When pushed to give a guarantee that would not happen, Cook stopped short. …

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