Everyone is cutting the Mustard at Durham says star man Phil

TOP SCORER:  Phil Mustard
TOP SCORER: Phil Mustard

DURHAM’S Phil Mustard says there’s no secret to their early County Championship success – it’s simply a case of everyone doing their bit.

Mustard top scored for the hosts yesterday as they faced Division One leaders Middlesex in a four-day clash at the Emirates ICG.

A considered, rather than explosive 62 from the wicketkeeper/batsman helped Durham post a first innings total of 259 all out on the opening day of the contest.

Durham, now third in the table, had a brief spell at the summit and could return there should they claim victory against Middlesex.

And Mustard believes the side’s good start to the campaign in the longer form of the game is down to the efforts of the whole team.

“We’ve had a few disappointing defeats in the one-day stuff, but in the four-day games everybody’s put their hand up when they’ve needed to and it’s not just one individual, it’s a team effort,” he said.

“Everyone’s getting wickets, everyone’s chipping in with runs, so that’s what you call a good team.”

And Mustard believes Durham are starting to show they have a squad capable of challenging for the points whatever is put before them.

He said: “We went down to Surrey, and they prepared a spinning wicket, but we’ve got spinners who can do damage now.

“And when we come up North we’ve got four seamers who can hit the seam and two spinners, so we’ve got a really good combination of seam and spin.

“It’s never easy to get runs against the attack we have.”