Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Colly a Man with an Opening Plan; Keaton Jennings Was Promoted to Open in the One-Day Cup on Wednesday, but Durham Must Decide If He Is Right for the 20-Over Role, Writes Stuart Rayner

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Colly a Man with an Opening Plan; Keaton Jennings Was Promoted to Open in the One-Day Cup on Wednesday, but Durham Must Decide If He Is Right for the 20-Over Role, Writes Stuart Rayner

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Byline: Stuart Rayner

Durham skipper Paul Collingwood and inset below, Keaton Jennings PAUL Collingwood says Keaton Jennings has earned the right to open the batting for Durham in one-day cricket, but whether he will do so in today's crunch Twenty20 game is another matter.

Durham entertain Derbyshire knowing they must win and for Warwickshire to lose to Lancashire to qualify for the knockout stages.

The game is in aid of Phil Mustard's benefit, but the wicketkeeper-batsman will be playing for Gloucestershire, so who will open the batting is open to question.

The man who must find the answer is Collingwood, who took over the leadership of the limited-overs sides on Tuesday after Mark Stoneman announced he is to join Surrey next season.

On Wednesday, Collingwood asked Jennings to bat alongside Stoneman. It was the first time he had done so in 50-over cricket, having previously been seen as too sedate for the job.

On the plus side, Durham produced a 67-run opening partnership, a welcome contrast to Mustard and Stoneman, one of whom invariably would be out early taking one risk too many. On the other hand, he took 40 balls making 23 - hardly what the Riversiders will be looking for in Twenty20 cricket, and actually unlike him in 2016.

"Keaton's taken his game to a new level over the past eight months and season has been phenomenal, so he deserves the chance to go up to the top of the order," said Collingwood, "We can all see he strikes a cricket ball as hard as anybody.

"But all this is quite new to me. I haven't captained one-days and T20s for a bit but we'll come up with a plan for Friday."

Ryan Pringle and Calum MacLeod could provide alternative options.

There is no question of Jennings playing, though.

He has been impressive in the middle order this season, and has done an excellent job as a medium pace bowler. That has traditionally been Collingwood's job but he has a split left hand and a broken right thumb.

"The hand's not bad although it's still got the stitch in," said Collingwood, who will captain the limitedovers side until the end of the season but not beyond, he hopes. …

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