Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Scott Hopes to MAKET20 Breakthrough with Bat; New Challenge for All-Rounder

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Scott Hopes to MAKET20 Breakthrough with Bat; New Challenge for All-Rounder

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Byline: Stuart Rayner

SCOTT Borthwick has worked out his method for scoring big runs in four-day cricket - now the all-rounder is hoping to make a similar breakthrough in the shortest form of the game.

Durham begin their Twenty20 campaign at Worcester's New Road tonight with one of the country's inform batsmen in their ranks.

Yet Borthwick will again be batting towards the bottom of the order.

Despite being an ever-present, he faced just 28 deliveries last season's 13-match competition.

Borthwick said: "Batting in the top three in the first six overs I think I can still play my normal shots and do it that way but if I'm coming in later on I need to find a way to hit the boundaries or to find the gaps, which is something I've probably struggled with in T20.

"One-day's not so bad, I've been batting at the top of the order where 50 overs is a long time.

"I've consistently scored at a strike-rate of over 100 without doing anything stupid.

"T20 is the area I need to improve in but with my leg-spin and my fielding I still think I can offer a lot and be a matchwinner. It's nice to be an allrounder.

"It's nice from a team point of view if I'm coming in at 10 but it's something I want to improve on, get up the order and find a way to hit the big sixes or find the gaps.

"It's something I've been trying to improve on."

Fortunately for Borthwick he bowls wrist-spin and that will again be his main job against Worcestershire.

Captain Mark Stoneman said: "I think last year Scotty started to come to fruition in the 50-over format as a No 3 and I think that's going to be a good role for him again this year.

"In Twenty20 I think he's still not as comfortable in his game so for now he's going to be key with the ball. The likes of Graham Clark will be at the top of the order.

"Clark has shown glimpses of what he is capable of last year (equalling Durham's highest score in the competition away to Yorkshire). …

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