Durham go through in t20

Paul Collingwood
Paul Collingwood

DURHAM will play Hampshire in the quarter-finals of the Friends Life t20 next month after Nottinghamshire helped Geoff Cook’s men book their progress.

The Outlaws beat Worcestershire by 25 runs on Friday night to deny them a top-four spot and ensure Durham qualified from the North Group instead.

The Dynamos now turn their attention to the Pro40 competition tomorrow – and ace Paul Collingwood admits it will be a whole new ball game for him.

The all-rounder will be in action for the first time in the format when the men from the Emirates ICG play host to Surrey Lions.

“I don’t think I have ever played in a 40-over game, he said. “I think this will be my first one, so it will be interesting to see what happens.”

The Pro40 format was first launched in 2006 (having replaced the 45-over National League), when Collingwood was firmly ensconced in the England set-up.

One-day games are played over 50 overs, but the Durham doesn’t see any problems for him or his team-mates in switching to from 20 over on Thursday night to 40 tomorrow.

He said: “It’s a mental shift, but during a county season you have to go from t20 games to one-matches and to four-dayers.

“There’s obviously some technical changes in there, but we shouldn’t have to alter things too much.”