Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Scott's Got Spin to Win Fight for the Title

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Scott's Got Spin to Win Fight for the Title

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Byline: STUART RAYNER

SCOTT BORTHWICK has been backed to play a big part in a crucial last two months of Durham's season.

The Riversiders are in contention for the County Championship and YB40 this year, and a good weekend could even put them into the knockout stages of the Twenty20 Cup.

Victory at home to Leicestershire tonight will keep that hope alive, and interim coach Jon Lewis thinks Borthwick could be ready to play an important role with the ball.

The 23-year-old Wearsider has been a batting revelation since moving up to No 3 in the order this season. He is top of Durham's Championship averages.

But form - and confidence - has been harder to come by for his leg-spin bowling. Lewis thinks that could be changing.

He told the Chronicle: "Scott's found a little bit of form with the ball in the last couple of games, Ryan Pringle's had a good season all round and Breesey (Gareth Breese)'s just Breesey, he's so consistent.

"(Will) Smith's bowling very well. It's not easy for anyone to bowl in the first six overs.

"It's frustrating for a leg-spinner because sometimes when you land the ball nicely it can be the worst thing to do.

"He landed a beautiful leg-break at Chesterfield at the weekend and got hit into the car park! If he was bowling like that in Championship cricket, where batsmen put a higher price on their wicket, I'm sure he would be fine."

Durham are third in Division One in the Championship, but have games in hand which could take them top. They also lead Group B of the YB40 competition.

Lewis expects a dry summer to play into Borthwick's hands.

"Scott's already bowled more overs this year than he did in the whole of last year because of the weather," he said.

"He's done a lot of bowling in the nets, but he's a guy who needs match overs, which most spinners probably do. …

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