Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Rushworth Returns to Help Durham out; Bowler Back after Rest - and Skills Are in Demand after Batting Collapse

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Rushworth Returns to Help Durham out; Bowler Back after Rest - and Skills Are in Demand after Batting Collapse

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Byline: Stuart Rayner Sports Writer stuart.rayner@trinitymirror.com

CHRIS Rushworth has been a frustrated spectator for Durham recently but he admits the rest was probably what he needed.

The Riversiders were back in County Championship action yesterday after five Twenty20 matches.

Rushworth played in only one of them and while some of his team-mates struggled to adapt to the four-day stuffhe returned with 3-38 against Somerset. "I felt fine," said Rushworth after doing a lot more work than he was expecting on day one.

"After the Worcester (Championship) game I had a bit of a stiff back but the week I have had off has probably done me good. It has been a chance to have a rest, a break and come back fresher.

"As much as I would have loved to have played the Twenty20s and bowled more, in hindsight it is probably not a bad thing to be honest.

"You look at the guys who have been doing well in the four-day stuff and they have not been playing all the Twenty20s, so I think teams who are prioritising the Championship are resting their main seamers. It is the same around the country.

"The schedules not ideal when you are chopping and changing with these massive workloads."

Durham were playing Twenty20 as recently as Saturday afternoon, when they suffered a seven-wicket defeat to an Ian Bell-inspired Warwickshire.

Rushworth added: "Speaking to guys from other counties I think everyone's in the same boat.

"It is very tough to go from Twenty20s to Championship, especially when you have played three or four in a row.

"It is not ideal but it is the same for everyone and I guess everyone who comes out of this period on top will have put themselves in a good position."

Paul Collingwood won the toss and for the first time this season, batted first.

Rushworth. though, still had the ball in his hand halfway through the day after the hosts were skittled for 189, three batsmen recording ducks and their top score Keaton Jennings' 49.

With Graham Onions off the field feeling "under the weather" after just four overs he had extra overs to bowl when it was Somerset's turn.

He made good use of them, removing Tom Abell, Marcus Trescothick and Tom Cooper to take him to 101 Championship wickets since the start of 2014. …

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