Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Rushworth Backs Durham Captain to Go on the Attack

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Rushworth Backs Durham Captain to Go on the Attack

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Byline: Stuart Rayner Sports Writer stuart.rayner@ncjmedia.co.uk

CHRIS Rushworth expects Durham to give Hampshire a sniff in pursuit of victory today.

Rushworth's latest five-fer, his sixth of a County Championship season which has already brought 61 wickets, put the visitors into a commanding position from nowhere at the Rose Bowl.

They will resume this morning 175 runs ahead, one wicket down.

The question is when to declare, and Rushworth does not think his skipper will err too far on the side of caution against a bottom-of-the-table side desperate for their second win of the season.

"Colly (Paul Collingwood) is a pretty attacking captain and we want to try and win the game," he said.

"The best way is for us to give them a little bit of a sniff and for them to go for it. We haven't spoken about it but I'm sure that's what Colly will do.

"We've not used the heavy roller so we're hoping the pitch does a little bit more on day four.

"We'll be looking to the seamers to take early wickets, then let the spinners take over."

Nobody has scored big runs quickly in the game, with the top-scorers on either side, Gordon Muchall (145) and Will Smith (85) producing marathon efforts.

But apart from Rushworth's 4-4 in 14 balls to unexpectedly wrap up Hampshire's first innings, no one has taken wickets quickly either.

It means Collingwood will need to leave his bowlers a fair amount of time to take 10 wickets.

The pitch has been prepared with spinners in mind, and Hampshire's got through 40 overs.

But they only took four wickets, to three for Scott Borthwick and Ryan Pringle. Rushworth still expects the Sunderland duo to have a busy final day.

"It is spinning and bouncing, so it's surprising the spinners didn't take more wickets but I think they'll play a massive role on the final day, definitely," he said. …

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