Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Lewis Is Discovering Right Blend of Youth and Experience

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Lewis Is Discovering Right Blend of Youth and Experience

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Byline: STUART RAYNER Sports Writer @StuRayner

JON Lewis is delighted his inexperienced batsmen stepped up in the absence of Steven Cook but, 21 years after his debut, Paul Collingwood still has a huge role to play for Durham.

South Africa opener Cook was called home for fitness tests, ruling him out of Thursday's win at Nottinghamshire and tomorrow's trip to Worcestershire - but he was not the only big batsman who was unable to contribute at Trent Bridge. Cook, Keaton Jennings and Michael Richardson scored more than 1,000 runs between them in Durham's opening five matches but only one in their sixth.

Graham Clark (92) and Cameron Steel (77) made career-best scores to fill the gap after Jennings (nought) and Richardson (one) were dismissed in the first three overs.

"It was a good win against what on paper looked like a very strong Nottinghamshire team," coach Lewis (below) said of the televised four-wicket win.

"It was good to have contributions from two of other guys, particularly with the bat.

"It was not an easy call as to which one was going to open out of Graham and Cameron.

"We wanted to Jon leave Richo at three, so Cameron batted at four when we opted for Clark going in first.

"The form of the top three has starved a lot of the other guys of the opportunity to bat much in the competition this season.

"Steven Cook's back in the country on Monday.

"It is a shame but so far we are dealing with it well.

"We knew before the start of the season he would have to do it. He only received his Cricket South Africa contract in early March.

That's this had - he's been in all Jon Lewis "It is just a requirement all CSA players have to do it. Kent lost Wayne Parnell and even the IPL players had to go back for it."

If the top-order batsmen have taken many of the headlines in this season's One-Day Cup, Collingwood continues to be essential to their plans. …

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