PAUL Collingwood says Durham are determined to make every second count as they chase down success on all fronts.
Collingwood was in top form, hitting 73 off 63 balls, as Dynamos beat Hampshire in a Pro40 clash at the Rose Bowl last night.
The victory sees Durham move up to second in their group table, level on points with leaders Surrey, and a point above third-placed Northamptonshire – however, both sides have two games in hand on Geoff Cook’s side.
The men from the Emirates ICG are also leading the County Championship by 23 points, and have reached the quarter-finals of the T20.
And Collingwood says they must make the most of every opportunity that comes their way to give themselves a chance of success in all formats of the game.
“We’re contending in all three forms of the game,” he said.
“We have got ourselves in a nice position, and we just want to continue that.
“We’ve got 30 days of cricket left this season.
“Every single day is very important for us, and we need to make them count.”
Collingwood formed a crucial partnership with Michael Di Venuto (70) – the pair shared a stand of 142 – to help Durham post a total of 210-5 in the match, where stoppages for bad weather saw the allocation reduced to 34 overs per side.
And the all-rounder, who hit five fours and two sixes, admitted his stand with Di Venuto was key for the visitors.
“Myself and Di Venuto put on a decent partnership in the middle, that was crucial, and the spinners did the job for us, it was fantastic,” he said.
“It was a tricky pitch and you had to get in on it, once you got in you had to make it count.
“It would have been nice to go on and bat those last 8 overs.”
And Collingwood was also quick to praise the team performance.
He said: “It was a good performance, a real good solid performance.
“We turned up at the ground, saw the pitch and we knew spin was going to play a huge part.
“It was a good toss to win I thought and we felt that a score of over 200 on that wicket was going to be enough.”
Hitting by Gareth Breese, late in the order, including a six off Chris Wood, took Durham past the 200 mark.
Hampshire needed a swift start and they failed to get it once James Vince had been carelessly run out by a throw from the deep by Liam Plunkett while going for a third run.
Vince’s opening partner Jimmy Adams was top scorer with 24, but when he was bowled by Breese’s second ball, Hampshire quickly fell away.
Breese and fellow spinners Scott Borthwick and Ian Blackwell found plenty of turn in the pitch to help them and there was little cheer for a small home crowd.
The only resistance came from Michael Carberry and Hamza Riazuddin in a stand of 38 for the sixth wicket.
But even that took nearly eight overs as Hampshire rapidly fell behind the run requirement.
Breese also accounted for Ervine and Benny Howell to finish with figures of 3-19 from seven overs while Borthwick and Blackwell each took two wickets.
So too did Mitchell Claydon, who put Hampshire out of their misery with 11 balls to spare when he bowled last man David Griffiths.