Durham to use home advantage over Lancashire and Leicestershire in T20

Durham's  David Miller
Durham's David Miller

Durham coach Geoff Cook is hoping his side can fully utilise home advantage in their T20 games against Lancashire Lightening and the Leicestershire Foxes to re-ignite their 20 over campaign.

The Dynamos currently lie seventh in the FriendsLife t20 North group three spots below fourth place the final position available for qualification for the quarter-finals of the competition.

Cook said: “It would be great to get two victories. Everybody plays with different tactics, up to now Lancashire have used a lot of spinners, Leicestershire have a strong batting team so everybody causes different problems.

“You just want the opportunity to capitalise on your home advantage.

“We’ve had a game rained off at home which was unfortunate and to win the next two would be lovely but it certainly wouldn’t guarantee us qualifying nor would two defeats be the end of the world if we can win the half remaining three games we have after that.”

The coach believes the scheduling of County Championship four-day matches in the middle of the t20 tournament provides a real challenge for his players and thinks can hinder their success as they push silverware.

He said: “It’s very difficult and in the match we just had against Yorkshire I thought the batsmen did really well.

“We came out playing really positively but sensibly as well so we managed to make that change but it is very difficult.

“It’s an awkward schedule but there’s no use harping on about it we’ve known about it since the start of the year so we’ve just got to get on with it.

“When you’ve got 16 matches to play in a really busy surrounding some four-day games there’s always going to be some inconsistencies in teams, that’s the nature of the game.

“Notts are leading the league and they have batted extremely well and have posted some formidable totals but other than that everybody is beating everyone else on a regular basis so we just hope we can beat the right teams on the right occasions.”

Full story in Thursday’s Mail