Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Jon: Pride Will Stop Durham Taking Their Eye off the Ball

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Jon: Pride Will Stop Durham Taking Their Eye off the Ball

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

COACH Jon Lewis is relying on Durham pride to stop his county's season fizzling out.

A week today, the Riversiders were knocked out of the Royal London Cup - leaving them without a trophy to play for this season.

They are fifth in the County Championship, 62 points behind championselect Yorkshire, who have a game in hand. They are 39 points above the relegation zone.

With three matches still to play - two at home to bottom-two sides Worcestershire and, starting today, Hampshire - they could easily take their eye off the ball.

Lewis said: "It is to be watched out for, I agree, with the championship position not being one where we can win it and the cup competitions over for us.

"However, I like to think there is enough pure pride in playing for Durham to keep us going in our last three Championship games.

"Two of those are at home and you do not want to play badly in front of your own supporters.

"The away game is at Trent Bridge and at the moment there is a lot of motivation to win there because we did not really enjoy Notts winning (last Tuesday's cup quarter-final).

"They are entitled to celebrate, they did well, but it does not mean we have to enjoy it. That will motivate us when we go back next week."

Graham Clark has paid the price for three ineffective games and right-handed batsman Jack Burnham will be given the chance to build on his impressive debut.

The 18-year-old from Esh Winning is likely to bat in the top three, either opening or coming in first wicket down if the Riversiders prefer to send Scott Borthwick in first.

Lewis added: "If there were a lot of players really pushing maybe we could experiment.

"Burnham will defi-nitely be one we look at.

"It would be good to give a few of the seamers a break but there is not quite as much pressure coming from the second team in that department. …

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