Pre-Season Friendlies At Durham Announced

Durham County Cricket Club’s pre season preparation continues this week with two Durham sides taking on Lancashire and Durham UCCE respectively. Captain Dale Benkenstein will take eleven players, including new signings Michael Di Venuto, Will Smith and Mitch Claydon, to Old Trafford to take on Lancashire in two 50 over one day matches. A further twelve players will be led by newcomer Paul Wiseman in two one day matches against Durham UCCE at the Riverside. Missing from the line ups are Liam Plunkett and Paul Collingwood who are currently on England duty at the World Cup. Graham Onions and Stephen Harmison are both representing the MCC when it takes on the Champion County (Sussex) in the opening match of the First Class season at Lord's, from 13th-16th April. Gary Scott is absent due to a stress fracture in his lower back. Play at the Riverside begins at 10.45am on both days. Admission is free of charge. Please note: a limited service will be available to Members. Lancashire CCC v Durham CCC Old Trafford 11/12 April Michael Di Venuto (23) Phil Mustard (19) Wkt Will Smith (2) Gordon Muchall (24) Ben Harmison (14) Dale Benkenstein (44) Captain Garry Park (6) Gareth Breese (70) Neil Killeen (77) Ottis Gibson (16) Callum Thorp (36) Mitchell Claydon (25) Durham CCC v Durham UCCE Riverside 11/12 April Mark Stoneman (26) Will Gidman (21) Kyle Coetzer (30) Benjamin Stokes Karl Turner Paul Wiseman (8) Captain Moneeb Iqbal (28) Paul Muchall Richard Hopwood Mark Cummins Richard Coughtrie Wkt Paul Hindmarsh Luke Evans (11)