Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Lewis Tells His Batsmen to Be Twice as Good This Time

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Lewis Tells His Batsmen to Be Twice as Good This Time

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Byline: Stuart Rayner Sports Writer

JON Lewis last night admitted Durham have dipped below their high standards at Hove - and they will have to bat twice as well as on Tuesday to end the season with a win.

Fog wiped out two sessions of yesterday's County Championship game at Sussex, but it was easy to see who was in control. s

When Sussex was bowled out they had made twice Durham's score.

Interim coach Lewis knows they must match that to have a chance of winning.

He told the Chronicle: "The disappointment is we have not been as good as for the majority of the season.

"It is hard to be overly critical because over 15 games the lads have been outstanding.

"I am not going to start pointing fingers and give them the hairdryer treatment at this stage of the year.

"Firstly they are not going to listen and secondly they do not deserve it.

"We have to bat properly the second time around to give our bowlers the chance to win the game on the last day.

"Sussex have outperformed us so far in the game but there are still two days left and if we can raise it quite a lot we are still in with a chance."

Lewis added: "We had a few starts in the first innings but no one went past 36 even though four of the top six got to 20.

"We need something better than that, that is for sure.

"If we can get the score they got in their first innings, that will at least give us something to go at." It is easy to see why Durham are struggling.

Preparations for this game have been far from ideal.

The Labour Party conference has seen them move out to Arundel, over an hour away on the team bus.

Last night, with the politicians heading home, they moved digs into Brighton.

More than that, though, there is nothing to play for.

Durham would quite like to end the season with six straight wins, and become the first side to record 11 division one victories in a season - but the title is done and dusted. …

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