Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Durham Not Ready to Be Written off as All-Rounders; Coach Lewis Believes Team Is Progressing

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Durham Not Ready to Be Written off as All-Rounders; Coach Lewis Believes Team Is Progressing

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Byline: STUART RAYNER Sports writer stuart.rayner@trinitymirror.com @StuRayner

IT has been sink or swim for Durham in this season's One-Day Cup, but an 11-run win at Leicester showed they can be a force to be reckoned.

And despite having lost more Twenty20 games than they have won this season, coach Jon Lewis believes they can keep fighting on all fronts.

That battle takes them to Derby's County Ground today for the latest match in a gruelling, multi-format schedule. When the bus pulls into Chester-le-Street, Lewis' players will be able to spend a third night in three weeks in their own beds.

So more than belatedly trying to get their heads around 50-over cricket, the emphasis will be on rest ahead of Sunday's visit from Worcestershire. "It's a hard game when it's competitive for 100 overs," Lewis said. "Once Tuesday's game is over, they'll have a few days off and be glad of a rest."

Led by a 180-run opening partnership between Phil Mustard and captain Mark Stoneman, Durham successfully defended 340, but were made to wait until the final ball of the game before completing their victory.

Durham last won the trophy two years ago - Lewis and Stoneman's first full campaign in charge.

First Division teams rarely maintain a trophy push in both County Championship and Twenty20 cricket, and players such as Scott Borthwick, Chris Rushworth and Jamie Harrison - who claimed a career-best 4-40 in his maiden first-team outing this season - look better suited to the more considered form of limited-overs cricket. Lewis, whose side have won two of five Twenty20 group matches to date, is adamant his squad can challenge on all fronts.

"We've probably had a bit more success in the 50s in recent years," he said. "Last year we only lost one 50-over game (at home to Surrey) - our other defeats were in matches where the overs were reduced. …

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