Durham Jets cricket side Blast back into T20 action v Lancashire Lightning

T FOR TALENT: T20 ace Calum MacLeod
T FOR TALENT: T20 ace Calum MacLeod

DURHAM T20 skipper Mark Stoneman says the team are looking forward to getting back to action after a frustrating couple of days.

Durham switch formats tonight when they host Lancashire Lightning in the T20 Blast at the Riverside (5.30pm start).

The Jets are hoping to build on their opening win in the competition a fortnight ago when they hammered Worcestershire by 29 runs.

Since then, Durham have been in County Championship action, including this week’s fixture against Nottinghamshire which predictably ended in a draw yesterday after the game was abandoned due to heavy rain without a ball being bowled on the final day at Trent Bridge.

It’s now time for the Jets to return to action in a double-header, with tonight’s game being followed by a trip back to Nottingham tomorrow night.

Stoneman said: “We have had a fair bit of travelling the last few weeks but it’s part and parcel of the job.

“We’re changing formats now with the two T20s, and the lads are very much looking forward to it.”

Calum MacLeod returns to the team after smashing an unbeaten 80 from 56 balls on his debut against Worcestershire, and Stoneman admits the Scotland star has been a breath of fresh air.

“Calum played fantastically well. Given the chance, he took it with both hands and he’s an exciting cricketer.

“He can hit the ball all around the ground with plenty of power and he’s a lovely addition to the team.”

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