Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Rimmington Having a Blast Again after Frustrating Start to Season for Durham

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Rimmington Having a Blast Again after Frustrating Start to Season for Durham

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Byline: SIMON SINCLAIR

NATHAN Rimmington has revealed that he was always confident he would return to the Durham first-team picture after enduring a frustrating start to the 2019 season.

The 36-year-old was left out of his side's opening fixtures in the Specsavers County Championship before suffering a shoulder injury that ruled him out of action for the Royal London One-Cup campaign.

Rimmington earned a recall to the Championship side for Durham's clash against Lancashire at Sedbergh, and proved a point with both bat and ball, taking eight wickets and scoring a half-century.

The Australian continued his fine form in both second innings in his side's win over Leicestershire.

First, Rimmington notched 92 after arriving at the crease as night watchman, before claiming three wickets at Grace Road.

"Towards the end of last year I found myself out of the Championship team, so I knew I had work to do in the off-season to get back into the side," he said.

"My injury put me on the back foot from all that work I'd done over the winter. It was a frustrating period, but I never lost belief that I could come back and contribute at some stage.

"I've been lucky enough to get a few games now and have managed to contribute with both bat and ball.

"I always had the belief that if I got another go at some stage that I could hit the ground running.

"I called upon my experience from being in Australia, only playing white-ball cricket and being on the periphery of the four-day side.

"I've always had the desire to keep playing red-ball cricket. I've shown that I can come in and have a crack at it. Everyone that has come in has performed at some stage or another.

"At my age you've got to keep looking forward and putting in performances otherwise you'll find yourself out of the team."

Rimmington has found his rhythm ahead of the Vitality Blast - a competition in which he thrived for Durham last season. …

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