Durham CC appoint Mark Stoneman as new skipper

SKIPPER ROLE ... Mark Stoneman.
SKIPPER ROLE ... Mark Stoneman.

MARK Stoneman has been appointed as Durham’s new limited overs captain.

Stoneman succeeds Dale Benkenstein, and will lead the side in the Natwest T20 Blast competition and the Royal London One-Day Cup.

Paul Collingwood remains as Durham captain for the upcoming LV=County Championship campaign.

Stoneman, 26, has enjoyed great success in limited overs cricket, averaging over 40 with the bat in List A matches since making his debut against Bangladesh A in 2008.

The Newcastle-born left-hander also played a key role in securing the LV=County Championship title last season, amassing over 1,000 runs during the summer.

Stoneman said: “It is a great honour to captain Durham and a proud day for my family.

“I got a taste for it on a few occasions last season when Dale Benkenstein and Paul Collingwood were injured, and I enjoyed every second of it.

“I’ve learnt a lot from those guys in particular and I can’t wait to get started.”

Durham head coach Jon Lewis added: “This is a fitting reward for Mark and the progress he has made over the last few years.

“He has really improved his consistency with the bat and is a popular figure in the dressing room. “He is a local lad with the best years of his career still ahead of him, and we are confident he’ll make a real success of the role.”