Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

One Defeat Not End of Our T20 Season - Colly

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

One Defeat Not End of Our T20 Season - Colly

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ONE game down, Durham are already three wins behind the Twenty20 leaders - but Paul Collingwood is refusing to write off the campaign after a 52-run hammering to Lancashire.

Durham went into the game with two Twenty20 debutants and their most experienced player lost his cool too, causing Collingwood to be dragged into the umpire's room at the end of the game.

Although he losing his rag over two deliveries he felt should have been called as no-balls was not good with plenty of youngsters in the 5,115 crowd, it at least shows there is no lack of fight from the 41-year-old former England international.

The Riversiders were docked four points before the season started for getting into financial difficulty over the winter, and now Lancashire are two more points ahead after Jos Buttler's brilliant 59 led them to a comfortable win.

"I think they showed their class," said Collingwood. "We came up against a very good side with international experience and Jos Buttler was pretty on song; but we're not going to write off this Twenty20 season after one defeat and say it's a learning curve, we want to go out and perform and win games."

Collingwood was penalised for showing dissent two years ago, and he let the umpires know what he thought of them last night when he was caught on the boundary for 48 as a difficult 193-run chase started to become impossible.

"I'm slightly disappointed with my reaction but in the heat of the moment when important decisions go against you they can be game-changers," he said afterwards.

"I was disappointed in the middle but also with my reaction."

James Weighell took 3-28 on his Twenty20 debut, while opener Adam Hickey made ten on his. Jack Burnham was only making his fourth appearance in the format.

"With inexperience you won't get consistency," said Collingwood, who captained England to the World Twenty20 Championships in 2010. "There is a lot of pressure every single ball in this form of the game. …

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