Durham Ready For Pre-Season Tour Of South Africa

Durham County Cricket Club’s squad will embark on their pre season tour to South Africa on Friday 28 March, returning to the Riverside on Wednesday 9 April. The team, along with Head Coach Geoff Cook, will spend ten days at The High Performance Centre at the University of Pretoria where they will train and play four one day games. Two matches will be played against Johannesburg University and the other two games will see Durham face Highveld Lions, where Liam Plunkett and Stephen Harmison both spent some time in the winter months. Durham captain Dale Benkenstein will join up with the team on their arrival in South Africa. Paul Collingwood, Stephen Harmison and Phil Mustard will miss the tour due to England commitments. Michael Di Venuto is scheduled to arrive at Riverside on 7 April, and will therefore not be included in the tour. Overseas player Neil McKenzie will arrive in time for Durham’s first match of the season when they face Yorkshire Carnegie at Riverside on Sunday 20 April. Upon their return to the UK the team will face Yorkshire CCC in two one day matches at Headingley Carnegie on Thursday 10 April and Friday 11 April. Durham County Cricket Club Head Coach, Geoff Cook, said “Our pre season preparation is massively important and will definitely stand us in good stead for the start of the season. Expectations will undoubtedly be high so it’s a great opportunity for the squad to get together to discuss our aims and objectives for 2008.” Itinerary Friday 28 March Depart Tuesday 1 April Durham CCC v Johannesburg University Thursday 3 April Durham CCC v Johannesburg University Saturday 5 April Durham CCC v Highveld Lions Monday 7 April Durham CCC v Highveld Lions Wednesday 9 April Return Thursday 10 April Yorkshire CCC v Durham CCC at Headingley Carnegie Friday 11 April Yorkshire CCC v Durham CCC at Headingley Carnegie Tour Party Professional Squad Dale Benkenstein Gareth Breese Mitchell Claydon Kyle Coetzer Mark Davies Luke Evans Will Gidman Lee Goddard Ben Harmison Neil Killeen Gordon Muchall Graham Onions Liam Plunkett Garry Park Gary Scott Will Smith Mark Stoneman Callum Thorp Paul Wiseman Coaching Staff Geoff Cook Alan Walker Jon Lewis Mike King (Fitness) Physio Nigel Kent © Durham CCC